Posted in music on January 6, 2014

by Andrew Sacher


You may remember that ex-Deafheaven shoegazers Whirr recently went on a tour with Nothing in which they performed without any of the vocalists who contributed to their Around EP. While still in Whirr, one of those vocalists, Kristina Esfandiari, released a dark folk single as King Woman, and she's now set out on her own under the name Miserable. Miserable first released a split with Grey Zine on Run for Cover (current home of Nothing's old A389 labelmates Anne), and she's since signed to The Native Sound (John Vanderslice, Koji), where she'll put out her new EP, Halloween Dream, on February 18 (vinyl and digital pre-order).

The first single from that EP, "Bell Jar," is quite possibly her strongest solo track to date. It sounds as depressing as the Sylvia Plath novel it shares a name with, starting out not unlike the dark folk she recorded as King Woman, but building into big metallic shoegaze and ending with the reverbed screams that helped make Deafheaven such a memorable name in heavy music this past year. That track makes its premiere in this post, and you can stream it, along with EP artwork and both of her tracks from the split with Grey Zine, below.


Miserable - "Bell Jar"

Miserable - "Devoted"

Miserable - "Night Confessions"




Comments (13)

mediocre... is she best friend with someone at BV? that's not really newsworthy.

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2014 12:14 PM

king dude and king woman on a tour of unoriginality

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2014 1:13 PM

i'd give her a whirr

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2014 1:34 PM

The iPods

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2014 2:05 PM

Way better than Whirr.

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2014 1:47 PM

far from a king

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2014 3:32 PM

borrrrrring. jesus christ.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 1:01 AM

Damn! Who keeps sticking their dick in the hummus?
I'm really kinda pissed!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 1:12 AM

This will me EPIC!!!!! Anything she creates is better than anything you will hear in your life! And Whirr will rule our lives one day

Posted by Ray Tattooedboy | January 28, 2014 4:04 PM

Why all this negativity? I like her new songs a lot. It's not like this article was titled "really exciting new artist" If you don't like her then move along.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 7:43 PM

I love the split she did with grey zine. night confessions is so heavy!

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 6:59 PM

RFC, you guys are seriously getting it right with every band you sign. This one included. 

Posted by Weronicka | October 31, 2014 4:54 PM

Thanks...Started reading it. Interesting I'd say

Posted by Martha Nate | November 20, 2014 2:30 AM

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