King Princess will release a new album entitled hold baby, later this year — and to mark the announcement, the singer has dropped “For My Friends,” an exuberant, hook-loaded pop ballad to appear on the album. The single follows “Little Bother,” a collaboration with Fousheé that was released earlier this year.
23-year-old songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mikaela Straus’ project, King Princess, was first hailed for her 2018 queer anthem “1950.” hold baby marks the follow-up to 2019’s critically acclaimed debut album, Cheap Queen.
Fueled by pulsing synth arpeggios and Straus’ delicate, airy vocals, “For My Friends” is an emotional extension of the finely tuned maximalist pop that has become the New York native’s trademark. “You hate it but loving me takes patience/This is how we lose touch when I’m faded,” she sings on the track. “And it may get dark, but I still know/You’re waiting/Loving me takes patience.”
The single was inspired by Straus’ relationship with her close friends Cicely and Chloe. “I thought it would be extra special to release this new record with a song about my two best friends from high school,” she said in a release. “These girls have walked me through the box, and the more time I spend with them as an adult, the more I’m reminded that they are my home. So thank you my angel horse queens for staying with me. I love you all and I can’t wait to give you this song.”
“For my Friends” is accompanied by a video directed by Nick Harwood, in which Straus and two friends prepare for a night out in New York City that, like so many reckless nights, quickly descends into chaos — drunk fights, banging Laughter rolls down the streets, holds back a friend’s hair while she pukes her brains out, and faces a hangover the next morning. Despite the drama, the video is an honest – if not slightly sentimental – portrait of the ups and downs of young adulthood friendships.
King Princess will embark on an extensive US tour in support of hold baby This summer, stops are planned at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.
King Princess tour dates
July 5th – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
July 6 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
July 8 – Forest Grove, OR @ Grand Lodge
July 9 – Boise, ID @ Revolution
July 12 – Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom
July 13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Union Event Center
July 15 – Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre
July 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater
July 18 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
July 19 – Phoenix, Arizona @ Van Buren
July 21 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs Amphitheater
July 22 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
July 23 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
July 25 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theater in the Midland
July 26 – St. Louis, MO @ The Factory at The District
September 28 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
September 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
October 3 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
October 5th – Boston, MA @ Roadrunner
October 6 – Portland, ME @ State Theater
October 8 – Toronto, ON @ HISTORY
October 9th – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
October 11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
October 12 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
October 14 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee
October 15 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theater