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Miserable "Violet" Track Review // Pitchfork

Miserable is the latest project of Kristina Esfandiari (who also performs as King Woman), and "Violet," off her upcoming debut LP, is a bitter requiem for a deep friendship. She wallows in its molasses reverb and delayed lurches, and comes out…

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Miserable – "Uncontrollable" LP Premiere // SPIN

Miserable Finds Grace in the Profane on ‘Uncontrollable’ LP
Full article by Megan Bradley via SPIN

Kristina Esfandiari is probably best known as the vocalist of bleak rockers King Woman, as well as being a former member of shoegaze outfit Whirr, but her solo work as Miserable should be held in equal regard. Making its debut with 2014 EPs Halloween Dream and Dog Days, the project now returns with Uncontrollable, a nine-track work of dizzying lo-fi sadgaze. The tracks unfold slowly, and with a palpable sense of purgation. The work picks up steam with lead single “Violet, rumbling from somewhere deep, while bleating chords underscore Esfandiari’s gruff vocals: “You’re the most spiteful person / I could never be.” 

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VIDEO PREMIERE: MISERABLE “STAY COLD” // CVLT NATION

 

MISERABLE is the solo work of Kristina Esfandiari, the vocalist from King Woman. Her new album, entitled Uncontrollable, hits the streets on April 29th via The Native Sound. I will tell you this: Esfandiari has created a collection of dreamy, melancholy songs…

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Miserable "Violet" Track Premiere // The FADER


Miserable’s Shoegazey “Violet” Will Destroy Your Heart 

Full article via The FADER

It’s a boundless track about “reminiscing on how beautiful things were and how they’ve faded from your life” from her upcoming LP Uncontrollable.

The Bay Area's Kristina Esfandiari (of King Woman), who makes dark folk as Miserable, is following up a series of EPs under that moniker with the debut full length Uncontrollable. The new LP is, like the name of Esfandiari's project, quite sad. But not the kind of sad that gets you all humdrum glum; these nine songs are a cathartic release of heartache and frustration born from insecurity and loss.

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Miserable "Oven" Track Premiere // Noisey


PREMIERE: Miserable's Kristina Esfandiari Makes Death Sound Like a Dream with "Oven"

The King Woman vocalist radiates bummer vibes on this blissed-out new track.

Full article by Kim Kelly via Noisey

Last year, King Woman's Doubt EP had a profound impact on me, thanks to vocalist Kristina Esfandiari's throaty croon and candidness about the experiences that shaped her life as an artist. It was easy to sink down into the velvety embrace of the album's lush, brooding dark folk, and finding out that she had a whole other band, Miserable, felt like a gift. 

Whereas King Woman goes for an earthier approach, Miserable floats along on an airy, almost celestial path; "shoegaze" is as good a description as any (especially given Esfandiari's status as Whirr's former vocalist), but this is no mere Loveless clone. The band's upcoming new album, Uncontrollable, is desperately sad, and blissfully lovely—and the juxtaposition is sometimes startling, especially on dreamy reveries like "Oven," whose breathy chorus wonders if the narrator should "stick my head in the oven."

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Stereogum // Miserable “Bell Jar”

Kristina Esfandiari used to sing for Bay Area shoegaze greats Whirr, but she separated from that band to forge her own path as Miserable. The name change is apt; “Bell Jar,” a preview from Miserable’s Halloween Dream 7-inch, is far more…

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Miserable “Bell Jar” Track Premiere // Brooklyn Vegan

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…