Meet KING WILLOW, the SF-based pioneers of "sister-pop"
Amanda and Julianna Salguero’s band King Willow has a slight advantage over their peers. They’ve been perfecting their harmonies (basically) forever; born only one year apart, the two sisters combine their love of everything from modern pop and R&B to old-school folk and of course each other, to create undeniably charming indie-pop anthems.
Today, King Willow has released a new song called “Blue Valentine.” This song is about your dream valentine belonging to someone else, and what it feels like to set these expectations of someone in your head only to be proven wrong. Julianna’s smooth and sultry vocals pair effortlessly with the music, coloring the whole thing with this wistful and retro-fied energy. It’s simultaneously a blast from the past and a glimpse into the future of what these two sisters are truly capable of.
East Coast natives who migrated to San Francisco, Amanda and Julianna cut their teeth in the Bay Area singer-songwriter scene. Combined with their diverse influences ranging from Marina & the Diamonds to Amy Winehouse and Simon & Garfunkel, King Willow are carving out a unique corner for themselves in the bigger indie-pop landscape.
Since their childhood, the two have been intrinsically linked, and their connection is a big part of what makes the music they’re creating so genuine and effortless.
“Julianna has been writing songs since she could talk,” Amanda explains, “and we’ve been collaborating since then; from putting on musicals for our parents to backing her up at the Bitter End, we basically can’t stop singing together.”
“Amanda has always been an incredibly talented singer with a natural ear for harmony,” Julianna adds. “She taught me how to play ukulele and showed me female songwriters like Ingrid Michaelson that really inspired me to write more. Singing with her always has that warm and fuzzy feeling of singing in my bedroom with my older sis!”
One listen to “Blue Valentine” and it’ll all make sense –– the sisters of King Willow first lure you in with their vulnerability and those signature sultry harmonies, and then they’ll send you off with a glossy, nostalgic finish and a postcard sealed with a kiss.
Look out for more new music from King Willow on the way in 2019.
RIYL: Palehound, Adult Mom, Kate Nash, Angel Olsen, Elvis Depressedly, Field Medic