Krystle Warren – the singer, songwriter, bandleader, and Rufus Wainwright collaborator – released her first album in five years, Three The Hard Way, on August 18 on Parlour Door Music. NPR All Things Considered spoke with her about the announcement, calling her music “evocative storytelling.”
Recorded, mixed, and co-produced by Ben Kane (D’Angelo, Emily King, PJ Morton), it’s also earned early spins on KCRW. Okayplayer hailed its announcement, calling her “a light in dark times,” continuing, “If you’re a fan of uncut soul and spirited R&B, Krystle Warren should not escape your gaze or rotation.” A potent mix of styles, Three The Hard Way swirls with R&B, folk music, jazz, hip hop, blues, gospel strains and yet is entirely original in its sound and scope, which ranges from spirituality and love to the effects of social media on our lives and gentrification. One of the album’s most poignant moments is “Red Clay,” about the Tulsa, OK African-American community of Greenwood that was destroyed by the Klu Klux Klan in a riot in 1921, not far from where Warren’s grandmother lived.
She will also reissue her 2012 album, Love Songs, hailed as “one of the best albums of the year” by The Guardian, on July 30, also on Parlour Door Music.
Warren has earned effusive and widespread praise in the press and among her peers:
“Formidable… one of the greatest living singers at the moment.” – Rufus Wainwright
“Established talent” – T Magazine
“Krystle Warren: you should really give her a listen. You won’t believe what you’re hearing; she’s amazing.” – KD Lang
“****… remarkable… gloriously original.” – The Guardian
“Explosive… smoky voiced” – LA Times
“Impressive.” – Consequence of Sound
“Warren’s voice is an extraordinary instrument, murmuring with tenderness at times, growling with intensity at others. It vividly recalls Nina Simone in its depth and smokiness, as well as John Martyn and [Jeff] Buckley in terms of virtuosic variety.” – The Guardian