King Princess — the moniker of Brooklyn-raised indie pop vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Mikaela Straus — has shared the release date for her sophomore album: Hold On Baby. It's out July 29 via Zelig and Columbia.
Straus produced her record with Mark Ronson, Ethan Gruska, Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Dave Hamelin, Shawn Everett, and Tobias Jesso Jr. The record also has contributions from Zach Fogarty, Amy Allen, and Fousheé. Hold On Baby will include the new single “For My Friends,” as well as two other songs that get released this Wednesday (June 8): “Cursed,” and, “Too Bad."
Cursed + Too bad out 6/8, with a special video 💔— King Princess (@KingPrincess69) June 5, 2022
According to Pitchfork, King Princess said in a statement, “I want this album to give you all some strength in accepting ourselves; as chaotic as we can be.” She continued, “It’s not easy being alive and I feel indebted to you all for providing me air to breathe in this insane world. That’s what King Princess has always been about at its core. Making a home for us to feel safe and weird and messy and imperfect. You are not alone in your feelings. I bet you I feel and have felt the same. This album is for anyone who needs a sanctuary to be vulnerable. I’m here with you, and I love you.”
King Princess released her debut album, Cheap Queen, in October 2019. She wrote and produced the album in Los Angeles with Mike Malchicoff. Straus also has a tour coming up (you can find dates and tickets here), and will be trekking alongside Dora Jar, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence and the Machine, and St. Panther.
Listen to "For My Friends" below.
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Article Image: King Princess singing into a microphone at Rock Werchter Festival, 2019. (benhoudijk via DepositPhotos.)