King Princess has figured out the art of the tease. She’s released the wildly old-timey video for “Ohio” today. The song is actually out now officially, but fans have been hearing her perform it since the release of her 2018 EP, Make My Bed. Everyone’s always wondered when the track would be out in high quality and, now, it’s finally here. Equal parts soul, blues, funk, and pyrokinesis, King Princess’s “Ohio” will melt your smartphone, car speaker, and whatever other listening devices are in the immediate vicinity.
I mentioned this clip as a video up top, but it isn’t really in the traditional sense. It’s more of an unraveling of King Princess’s psyche in real-time on stage. It starts off with the singer in retro garb, wooing the audience of an intimate venue with “Ohio”‘s warm and emotional opening. “How’s it been in Ohio, babe?/ Do you think about me/ When you’re going home,” she sings to a partner. The song’s about King Princess missing her lovely girlfriend who’s moved and left her alone. Instead of wallowing in her misery though, King Princess flips a switch, turning this initially whispering gem into an explosion of sounds, colors, moods, and voices.
Once the song changes into a screaming contest for guitars, the video changes too. King Princess sheds her hair and we’re shown her gigantic performance on a stage through rapidly changing cameras and lights flashing as fast as possible. This fiery show features her laying on the stage, seemingly overwhelmed by the sheer chaos of the moment. And just when you think it’s over, she jumps back up and the lights kick up the intensity. Guitars get smashed and drum sets get destroyed. There aren’t too many words that can describe the genuine beastliness of the moment other than the fact that it’s fucking awesome.
“Ohio” is set to appear on the deluxe edition of King Princess’s debut studio album, Cheap Queen, that’s set to come out on Valentine’s Day. Billboard reports that the new version of the LP will feature unreleased songs like “Best Friend,” “Back of a Cab,” “All Dressed in White,” and more.
Check out the fireball that is “Ohio” up above.