For the one year anniversary for her critically acclaimed album Souled Out, the singer releases a visually expressive video for her track Lyin’ King.
The singer explained the plot to Fader in an open letter:
“A mysterious, time traveling medicine woman has a prophetic vision of an early civilization in trouble.
The men have neglected the women and deprived them of love. By orders of their chief, the men of the tribe have taken away the women’s hearts and voices.
The women are powerless. The children are suffering.
The medicine woman travels for many days to reach the primitive village.
Upon her arrival, the medicine woman performs a miracle. She instantly restores the grace of the women of the tribe and gives them their voices back.
The men of this early tribe are not pleased.
With the men of the tribe’s attention, the medicine woman and the women of the tribe begin a ceremony in which they tell the story of how they are taking their voices back.
The chief is infuriated.
The medicine woman leaves the now capable women to conduct a private ceremony for the chief.
The chief is intrigued and frightened.
What he thinks will be a sexual experience turns out to be something very different.
After the ritual is performed, the medicine woman passes on her apocalyptic prophecy of how the world will end due to the lack of love throughout humanity.
The chief experiences ego death. He sees that it starts with him.”
The track itself, while less dark on the production side than a lot of Aiko’s other tracks on the album, keeps to the singer/songwriter’s style of telling fairly blunt truths about a relationship. As her letter said, the song is about a man who can’t seem to find either the ability or desire to love another within himself and her coming to terms with it as well as telling him off. Her vocals on this are less melodic than songs like Spotless Mind and fall in with her other tracks that almost make it sound like she’s rapping, but it works with the song’s theme as it makes it feel like she’s talking directly to the man in question. The lyrics are what shine here as there is that odd combination of being angry and yet not caring anymore in the construction of the lines with lyrics about his parents being both stinging barbs as well as truthful assessments.