Album Review: King Eddie – King Eddie

It’s so wonderful to live near a city with such a rich music scene. There are so many great bands coming out of Detroit and Michigan in general that it’s hard to keep up with all the talented acts. Today I’m discovering the funky psychedelic sounds of King Eddie. The foursome is on the cusp of releasing their debut self-titled LP, which drops August 14th, and I’ve been lucky enough to get an early listen.

To just limit the description of King Eddie’s sound to funk and psychedelic would be a bit of an understatement as I’m hearing so many different influences throughout each track. That’s not to say that there’s too much going on or that King Eddie’s sound is sloppy, just that you cannot limit a description of the band to simply those two genres. Album opener “Notion of Love” is a great example of the numerous styles with it’s meandering beat, funky synths, and vocals that call to mind psychedelic rock from the 60’s. The track really explodes around the minute and half mark as kaleidoscope guitar riffs rain down over spacey synths that remind me a bit of “Fly Like an Eagle” from the Steve Miller Band.

On the other side of things, “Daddy (Was No Powder Keg Man)” kicks of with prog loving guitars and muddy vocals which makes the sound a bit harder than previous tracks. Justin Maike’s vocals take on a Josh Humme style before the track relaxes a bit, reminding me of the soft, calming vocals of The Beatles’ “Something.” The mix of hard and soft is done quite well here and the track never feels confused or muddled.

King Eddie isn’t afraid to mix genres and get a little weird with things. Shaking things up mid track a lot of the times could feel confusing to the listener but it’s done in a way that makes sense. Album closer “New World” starts as a slower almost ballad like duet taking the listener on a relaxing stroll as it floats along lazily. The guitars and vocals take a dark turn around the two and a half minute mark, like you’ve suddenly reached a part of your path where the sun doesn’t shine and birds don’t sing. Eventually things settle down and you’re back in the sun by the time the track ends.

While I did find some of the style switch ups mid song a bit surprising it didn’t feel jarring or misplaced. If anything, it made the tracks more interesting and memorable and I couldn’t help but get swept up in the journey that King Eddie took me on. I look forward to listening through the album again just to see if the course remains the same or if new elements peak out and take me some place completely new.

You can pre-order King Eddie over on Bandcamp