For her latest single “180,” L.A.-based singer/songwriter King avriel plumbs the pain and confusion of her personal narrative. Descriptive and blunt in a way alt-R&B rarely seems to be, “180” paints a portrait of the pitfalls, unexpected turns, and regrets of youth—addressing reckless partying, familial relationships, and, most strikingly, rape with an uncommon plainness. No metaphor, no sugar-coating.
Jarring and honest in her content, King avriel continues to build an intensely intimate catalog that fits well in the modern R&B landscape while pushing past the easy traps of lyrical abstraction and loose structure. Listen to “180” below.