AD 210 | Kris Esfandiari (King Woman)
“Celestial Blues”

Photo by Yoshino

NYC-based Iranian songwriter, producer, and vocalist Kris Esfandiari, also known as King Woman, is set to release a striking full-length album, Celestial Blues, on July 30, 2021, via Relapse Records.

Kris Esfandiari (NGHTCRWLR, Dalmatian, Miserable, Sugar High, i8i) founded King Woman in 2009 — a solo project which later gained the talents of guitarist Peter Arensdorf and drummer Joseph Raygoza.

Now wiser and holding less animosity than King Woman’s previous sentiments on 2014 EP Doubt and the highly-esteemed 2017 full length Created in The Image of Suffering, the fantasy world that once plagued Kris' psyche is dancing in a new light on Celestial Blues. Feeling compelled to reshape the biblical archetypes that once bound her, Esfandiari has created a theatrical tale of rebellion, tragedy, and triumph — a metaphor for her own personal experiences over the years — Celestial Blues was born.

Photo by Yoshino

Show Notes:
  • 00:05:17 - Monotheism / experiences with Christianity
  • 00:17:16 - The fluidity of expressing emotions through music
  • 00:21:08 - Opening up to her creative spirit
  • 00:25:44 - The current state of the music industry
  • 00:27:22 - Surrounding oneself with the right people
  • 00:29:12 - Her newest album with her band, King Woman, entitled, Celestial Blues
  • 00:36:14 - Art being a gateway
  • 00:38:17 - Deconstruction
  • 00:44:00 - Kristina’s multiple side projects
  • 00:50:00 - Wrap up

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Celestial Blues

Posted 7.26.2021


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

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