Karla Kane Releases New Folk-pop Single, “King’s Daughter’s Home For Incurables,”
“I don’t know if this machine can kill fascists, but maybe annoying them’s alright for now…”
The Corner Laughers’ lead singer/songwriter Karla Kane releases the second single, “King’s Daughter’s Home For Incurables,” off of her upcoming debut solo album, due out October 6 on Mystery Lawn Music (US)/Gare du Nord Records (UK). The song is an enchanting and epic mix of the sincere and the tongue and cheek, full of timely political references, intriguing symbolism, and a wistful melody that takes listeners from the shores of California to the lush green fields of the English countryside. It’s a gentle rallying nudge for dreamers and would-be artists and activists to stand up for what they believe in, in whatever ways they can.
Ken Anderson and Rebecca Hall, of the acclaimed folk duo Hungrytown, contributed banjo and backing vocals to the authentically folky arrangement.
As the title track for her debut solo album, Kane wanted the song to set the scene for the entire record with rich imagery and playfully clever lyrics woven throughout each piece of melodic fabric. The title was inspired by a historic Julia Morgan-designed building in Oakland, CA, called the King’s Daughters Home For Incurables, which is now used as a mental-health facility. A prolific architect, Morgan designed hundreds of buildings in California, but this one stood out. Kane explains, “I was attracted to the name for its odd mixture of whimsy, grandiosity and pathos. To me, ‘King’s Daughters Home For Incurables’ sounds like a place where people who feel overwhelmed by the current state of reality might take refuge.”
About Karla Kane
Karla Kane is best known as the lead singer/songwriter/ukulele player for California band the Corner Laughers. They have released four albums, plus two more with the side project Agony Aunts. Her first solo release, King’s Daughters Home For Incurables, is due out this October on Mystery Lawn Music/Gare du Nord. Kane has performed alongside members of Fountains of Wayne and The Soft Boys, Martin Newell, Hungrytown, and Allen Clapp (The Orange Peels). Her music has been featured in retail stores including Old Navy, Victoria’s Secret and American Eagle and played on the BBC, CBC and radio stations throughout the U.S.. Kane has received multiple awards including Twirl Radio’s Twirly Award for album of the year 2009/10 and runners-up in 2012 and 2015, and best album of the year (2015) in Discussions Magazine and Goldmine Magazine.