King Dude 'Songs of Flesh & Blood - In the Key of Light' (album stream)

King Dude 'Songs of Flesh & Blood - In the Key of Light' (album stream)
Though King Dude (a.k.a. TJ Cowgill) officially gives us his gloom-soaked Songs of Flesh & Blood - In the Key of Light on June 30, the Seattle musician isn't against offering us the goods a little early. As such, you can stream the record's mix of amp-cranked cuts and foggy folk cuts in an online stream right now.

The album follows last year's Fear, and it's explained in a press release that "recent real life experiences with love, loss, death, and violence are illuminated and explored."

"At times I thought this record will kill me, writing it and recording it, I felt as though I was going insane," King Dude explained in a statement. "Now that it's done I am convinced not only will people love it, but that I have become stronger than my former self. For this divine work I am given, I am blessed."

As you'll discover down below, the record mixes driving and distorted anthems like "Black Butterfly" and mescaline-fuelled, castanet-clacking Tex-Mex shufflers like "Holy Water" alongside more ruminative pieces like "Deal with the Devil," a song that has the baritone croak of the Dude contemplating a Faustian move in the name of love.

Songs of Flesh & Blood - In the Key of Light arrives via Not Just Religious Music.