Kingsley Flood – “Cavalry” (audio) (Premiere)

The mood of Counting Crows' "Long December" meets Dylanesque vocals on the latest track by the rising talent Kingsley Flood.

The Boston/Washington, D.C based outfit Kingsley Flood has had a solid run already. Having opened for Lucius and Josh Ritter, in addition to playing a stint at the Newport Folk Festival’s main stage, the group is poised to take on 2015 with some serious momentum. The sextet is certainly not short on ambition: in addition to To the Fire, the band’s newest EP, it will also be putting out a summer EP, a fall full-length album, and multiple music videos. As if that weren’t enough, it’ll also be touring extensively throughout. To get a taste of this no doubt rising talent, you can stream the To the Fire track “Cavalry” below, a piano ballad reminiscent of Counting Crows’ “Long December”. Autumnal and evocative, the track is ripe for a powerful live performance, of which Kingsley Flood will have many in 2015.

Vocalist and rhythm guitarist Naseem Khuri tells PopMatters about the track: “The songs I’ve been writing mostly come from the realization I had, that I wouldn’t be able to change the world the way I thought I could when I was young, and the terror I felt at the idea of resigning myself to nothing ever changing. ‘Cavalry’ comes out of a childhood memory of school days and family dinner, silence and sameness, and holding onto the idea that whatever it is I’m doing, I remember to inject some life into it.”

To the Fire is out 13 January.