Avant-rock singer KRISTEENYOUNG has announced self-Produced ninth studio album The Subset—which is out September 4, 2019.
When we first came across Young, shortly after the release of her 1997 debut LP Meet Miss Young and Her All Boy Band, she was dressed as a Satanic Pippie Longstocking while performing at a Goth festival, serenading the audience in an esoteric manner whose analogue can be found somewhere between Kate Bush and Tori Amos, if augmented further by the creative eccentricities of say…Todd Rungren and David Byrne.
In the intervening years, Young was championed by Bowie producer Tony Visconti, with their working relationship leading to her 2003 record Breasticles, which featured none other than David Bowie himself providing guest vocals for the duet “Saviour”.
On her following album X, the opening track “No Other God” featured another duet—this time with Brian Molko of Placebo.
Now, for her forthcoming LP The Subset, Young has unveiled the beautiful chaos that is her video for the album track “Less Than”.
Of the song, Young explains:
” ‘<‘ (the symbol for Less Than) is about how certain people like the status quo, like to keep other people lesser than them. This isn’t only a rich, ruling class situation….I used to experience it as kid in my working class neighborhood…..and from my foster parents. They don’t want you to be different from them and certainly not (what they see as) rising above. I think the verse that goes “You want me and my sexuality under your authority, with babies, or old and deplete, slowly and serially killed, holding me down ’til I’m chilled, cutting parts off me until I’m the fill in the landfill. You want me less than” is particularly fitting to what’s going on in our culture right now. I think it’s in the forefront of every struggle. The sound of the song is probably my favorite thing to do: dissonant, distorted piano and tribal drums.”
Watch the video for “Less Than” below:
To celebrate the album release, Kristeen will be playing select residencies this fall in NYC (September 4th, 11th, and 18th at Berlin), Los Angeles (Every Monday this October at The Satellite), and San Francisco (October 9th, 16th, and 23rd at The DNA Lounge). Kristeen will also be heading overseas to London to play shows on November 6th (at Paper Dress Vintage), November 13th (at The Victoria), and November 20th (at St. Paneras Old Church).
TOUR DATES / RESIDENCIES:
- NYC residency: (September 4th, 11th, and 18th at Berlin).
- Los Angeles residency: (Every Monday this October at The Satellite).
- San Francisco residency: (October 9th, 16th, and 23rd at The DNA Lounge).
- London shows: November 6th (at Paper Dress Vintage), November 13th (at The Victoria),
- and November 20th (at St. Paneras Old Church).