King avriel (@Kingavriel) – Freedom [Music Video]
Singing by the age of two and playing piano and violin at the age of nine, King avriel has been a performer her entire life (millennials may even remember her as the voice of Timberly on Nickelodeon’s Hey Arnold!). Now, at the age of 23, she is preparing to release her first EP, as of yet untitled and due out this spring.
The first single, “Freedom,” alludes to the girl-in-her-bedroom passionate electro that has been in the air lately and is reminiscent of other newcomers like FKA twigs and Kelela. Picking up on another of-the-moment issue—the fluidity of gender—King avriel says that “in short, it symbolizes two main ideas: the destruction of rigid gender binaries, and my decision to change my name from Avriel to King avriel . . . As is the case with everything I write, I wanted to provoke thought and discussion around the use of gender and queer bodies in film.” With that in mind, it’s not hard to understand why she’s “still figuring out this thing called freedom.”