LA based two-time GRAMMY Award-nominated multi-platinum songwriter, producer and artist K.Flay returns today with the news of her new full-length studio album MONO, due out September 15th via GIANT Music. Along with today’s news, K.Flay is also dropping ‘Shy‘, the second single from the forthcoming LP – listen to the electrifying new track HERE and watch the official music video HERE.
“In my music, I’m so comfortable being loud and brazen, but in my personal life, I can be a bit shy. Especially when it comes to romantic relationships. I wrote this song after I’d just met my (now) girlfriend. And I sent it to her out of the blue. I guess I only know how to flirt through songs? It worked though.
“Dave Hammer produced this one and he and I have this crazy energy between us. I think when we get together to make music we’re able to disregard the ‘shoulds’ and be purely creative together. A lot of the guitar parts were just freestyle takes, us messing around, but there was a wildness to them that hit us both in the right places.” – K.Flay (on ‘Shy’)
K.Flay co-produced the entire forthcoming MONO LP, her first album for GIANT Music. It has also been co-written with a number of talented names, including Jason Suwito, Jeoff Harris, Dave Hammer, Pink Slip, and Paul Meany, who executive produced the album.
‘Shy’ follows the previously released and lead single ‘Raw Raw‘, which has achieved more than 1 million streams. The forthcoming new album delivers honest and thought-provoking songs such as ‘In America‘ which tackles guns, drugs, and police violence in an upbeat pop tune. Elsewhere on the 14-track MONO are the industrial electronic rock banger ‘Irish Goodbye’ featuring Pierce The Veil‘s Vic Fuentes and ‘Punisher‘ – which has K.Flay exploring the demons inside her own psyche.
The album title MONO is a nod to K.Flay’s new sensory reality, having gone completely and suddenly deaf in her right ear at the end of last summer due to a rare condition called SSNHL (Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss) and Labyrinthitis. She was forced to cancel her autumn tour and contemplated not making music anymore. After undergoing a variety of unsuccessful treatments, she embraced the difficult journey ahead, and through the process, discovered a renewed sense of creativity. K.Flay went to work and, in a matter of months, created what she considers to be her most experimental and realized studio album to date.
“I started making this record as a person with two working ears. I finished it with only one and this is also the first record for which, from start to finish, I was sober.
“MONO is about navigating loss, about looking your aloneness in the eye and deciding not to drink or vape or have sex or watch a television show, but to stand there and accept it, to understand its power. There is only one person on this earth with your mind, your creativity, your perspective. You’re a first and last pressing, a 1 of 1, and 1 is a scary number, but life is scary and funny. And sad. And beautiful. I hope this record is a reminder of that, and how we are all experiencing our aloneness together.“
– K.Flay (on MONO)
With MONO K.Flay shows the world that obstacles can also become opportunities and it often comes down to how you approach it. No stranger to life’s difficulties, K.Flay has been very vocal about her struggles over the years, from her father’s death at age 14 due to addiction, to her 2021 breakup, to her choice to become sober, to her recent sudden and unexpected hearing loss. With more than 1 BILLION streams and 100K+ tickets sold, K.Flay continues to forge her own path. Listen to ‘Shy’ HERE and ‘Raw Raw’ HERE, pre-order/pre-save MONO HERE and catch her on tour this year – UK & European dates are below:
UK / EU Tour Dates
Sept 20 @ Hybrydy in Warsaw, Poland
Sept 22 @ Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany
Sept 23 @ Melkweg MAX in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sept 25 @ Meetfactory in Prague, Czech Republic
Sept 26 @ Luxor in Cologne, Germany
Sept 28 @ Flex in Vienna, Austria
Sept 29 @ Heimathafen in Berlin, Germany
Oct 2 @ Gorilla in Manchester, UK
Oct 3 @ Brixton Electric in London, UK
MONO TRACK LISTING
1 – Are You Serious?
2 – Carsick
3 – Raw Raw
4 – Punisher
5 – Irish Goodbye (feat. Vic Fuentes Of Pierce The Veil)
6 – Hustler
7 – Spaghetti (feat. Kid Sistr)
8 – Bar Soap
9 – Watch Me Pt. 1
10 – In America
11 – Shy
12 – Watch Me Pt. 2
13 – Chaos Is Love
14 – Yes I’m Serious
15 – Perfectly Alone