Three words best describe King Princess’s brand-new song Cursed: Toxic Friendship Anthem. On the most recent episode of The Breakdown with the Rolling Stones, the 23-year-old pop star digs deep on the thrilling song.
Straus appears in the video working at her father’s Williamsburg, Brooklyn, studio, Mission Sound. The elegant shirt, which she claims was a gift from a fan, is the same one Fiona Apple wore during her interview for Rolling Stone’s most recent digital cover story.
As per Straus Cursed came about as a result of a real-life encounter: I had just run across someone I hadn’t spoken to in a very long time. I also had fresh inspiration from that trauma. Im writing a song about a terrible friendship, I thought.
On her computer’s Zoom program, Straus talks with producer Dave Hamelin about the creation of the Hold On Baby tune. They chuckle at how they originally met in a drab room with only one laptop and no windows, but they persisted and came to know one another. The producer prepared her a sandwich, and they began to work after scheduling a real session at Hamelin’s home.
Straus credits Kate Bush’s 1993 song Why Should I Love You,, which includes backup vocals from Prince, as the influence for the song’s iconic chorus after dissecting the layers of production and describing the instrumentation. She claims that the song’s whole first half basically builds to a chorus on which Prince sings while crazy anthemic backup vocals are added. One vocal, piercing the middle. I thought it was the coolest stuff ever when the choir she is singing over at the beginning of the song gets doubled by an organ. I thought, “This is legendary.”
On June 8, Straus released Cursed and Too Bad. Both songs are featured in a film made by her girlfriend, Quinn Wilson, in which Straus performs at a bar while also pouring drinks, lying naked on a billiard table, and engaging in typical King Princess behavior with herself. On July 29, Hold On Baby will debut.