King Woman, who recently announced the July 30 release of their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Celestial Blues (Relapse Records), have shared a second song from the upcoming release, unveiling the Muted Widows directed video for “Psychic Wound” .
Kris Esfandiari explains of the riveting track and its visual companion:
“‘Psychic Wound’ is about paying the price for eating forbidden fruit. When desire turns into obsession it can keep you longer than you intended to stay and nearly destroy your sanity.”
The video arrives as King Woman have confirmed Boy Harsher DJ and Rituals of Mine will join them for their upcoming Los Angeles, Oakland and New York shows (dates below). Saint Vitus has been announced as the venue for the Oct. 15 and 16 performances in Brooklyn.
As news of the nine-song album’s impending release was made public earlier this month, accompanied by the “Morning Star” video, Revolver dubbed it “doomgaze ballet,” Stereogum described the track as “a torch song” with “a skull-crush level of intensity” and Brooklyn Vegan commented on the outfit’s unique “ability to mix dark folk-style singer/songwriter” vibes “with towering sludge metal riffage.”
Celestial Blues was recorded in Oakland, California by GRAMMY-nominated engineer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Amenra, Oathbreaker). The band is rounded out by drummer Joseph Raygoza and guitar player Peter Arensdorf. Visual collaborations featured in the album packaging and surrounding imagery were created by Nedda Afsari, Collin Fletcher, and Jamie Parkhurst.
Album pre-orders, including limited-edition vinyl and merch, are available now. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse’s webstore, while digital downloads and streaming links can be found here.
King Woman has confirmed a series of multi-night performances in support of the new album.
Live dates (w/ support from Boy Harsher DJ and Rituals of Mine):
- July 30 Los Angeles, CA Lodge Room
- July 31 Los Angeles, CA Lodge Room
- October 15 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
- October 16 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
- October 29 Oakland, CA Starline
- October 30 Oakland, CA Starline
- October 31 Oakland, CA Starline (covers show)