Maybe it was our cover story last spring. Maybe it was Kristin Newborn's appearance on Kyle Long's Best of 2013 list. Maybe it was the excited blog post we made when this EP was announced. Or our eulogy for her former band, Slothpop.
At some point you realized we were really, really into KO.
But maybe you haven't been reading. (Or maybe you just learned how to read?) We'll break it down: KO is duo Kristin Newborn and Todd Heaton. Newborn is a classically trained vocalist who utilizes a variety of pedals to loop and layer her voice and guitar. Heaton, the band's drummer, is also the leader of Street Spirits, a former solo project that's taken on new life as a full band. (We reviewed Street Spirit's first release Victoria's River here. Newborn just relocated to Chicago, but the group will release their new EP at a show in Indianapolis on Saturday at Radio Radio. BIGCOLOUR, Jimmy Whispers and Jorma Whittaker with Bait and Tackle Tabernacle will open. Here's more show details. Fans have been waiting on this release a long time; happily the announcement came just a few short weeks before the actual release.
But on to the new music! That's what you came here for, right? Joyful Noise provided a full stream of the EP below.
And here's a video the duo released last week.
And an older vid from a First Friday performance at the old DO317 space.
And more info from JN on the EP, which is officially released on the 23. Order it here.
Ko is the pseudonym of Kristin Newborn: vocalist, guitarist, and downright badass. From the age of 18, Kristin was classically trained by a religious cult show choir. No foolin'. But as fucked up as that experience must have been, Kristin emerged victorious. A native of Indianapolis by way of Los Angeles, Kristin first began writing under the name Ko in the spring of 2012, after the demise of her first group Slothpop. Shortly thereafter she enlisted Todd Heaton to play percussion for the live shows and later recordings. We are very pleased to introduce you to their first recorded material.
Ko's debut EP contains 4 songs of intricate vocal looping, heartfelt purpose, and plenty of Danelectro wall-of-sound-fuzz to boot.
The EP is released on bronze-inside-clear 7", limited to 350 hand-numbered copies, and white vinyl 7" (which may or may not be pressed into infinity). Purchase includes instant download of the track "Bitches Online."