K. Flay: 5 Albums That Changed My Life

K. Flay: 5 Albums That Changed My Life

Reaping praise from Taylor Swift and her rabid fanbase alike, Stanford-educated alt-pop hip-hop artist K. Flay is selling out shows and climbing the charts with her sweet yet sour sound.

K. Flay (born Kristine Meredith Flaherty) has a kind of Lordeish sound, although she’s been making music for about half of Ella’s life. Her self-released, self-titled EP came out in 2010, and following a string of EPs (and 2014′s Life as a Dog), her second LP, Every Where is Some Where is out now on Dan Reynold’s (Imagine Dragons) Interscope imprint label Night Street Records.

As alluded to above, Taylor Swift once added her track with Louis the Child, “It’s Strange,” to a list titled “New Songs That Will Make Your Life Awesome (I Promise)” if you need more convincing to check her out. I mean, she promised

The artist recently spoke with Billboard about her burgeoning (although rather Johnny Come Lately) love of Black Sabbath, so we decided to chat with her a bit about some of her other favorite records. Check out her selections below.

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Emily Haines: Knives Don’t Have Your Back

This was a record that taught me the importance of detail in songwriting. I listened to it for the first time right out of college; I was going through a breakup, just beginning to focus on music, living in San Francisco for the first time. There’s so much specificity and so many beautiful details throughout the album.

Dizzee Rascal: Boy in da Corner

I remember the first time I heard this record, in my dorm room freshman year of college. I had this total ‘holy shit’ moment. Like, ‘WHAT IS THIS?’ The flow was totally different from any American rap I’d heard and I was so inspired and excited by that.

Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs: Show Your Bones

I love how raw and musical and urgent this album is. Karen O is one of my all-time favorite front people. She’s vibrant and surprising and utterly herself. And the drums on this record sound fucking amazing.

Liz Phair: Exile in Guyville

This album came into my life at this critical moment: age twenty-one, super confused about what I was doing, starting to listen to music in a different way than I had before… as something that could connect me to myself.

Paranoid: Black Sabbath

All I can say is: I started liking Black Sabbath way later than everyone else in the world, which is my bad. But the tempos on this record, the titles, the riffs… it’s all amazing and really inspired me as I worked my new album.

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