Songwriter Mikaela Straus’ project King Princess delivered a crowd-pleasing performance of the single “Let Us Die.” the show tonight Tuesday. Scorching song comes off Straus’ second album Hold on babywhich Rolling Stone praised for its expert examinations of “bearing the harshness of the world with moments of musical and lyrical beauty”.
On the record, “Let Us Die” features a performance by the late Taylor Hawkins on drums, and Straus recalled his experience working with the Foo Fighters drummer in a recent social media post. “Taylor was not only willing to play the song, but he was also the most encouraging and wonderful presence during that session,” he wrote on Instagram. “I started sobbing at one point and Mark [Ronson] I could not stop smiling. I have never felt so lucky.” (During King Princess’ tonight show appearance, Hawkins’ contributions to the song were honored with a subtle tribute: the name “Taylor” appears on a bass drum).
“Let Us Die” was preceded by the album’s singles “Change the Locks”, “Cursed”, “Too Bad” and “For My Friends”. Weather Hold on baby has a variety of high-profile collaborators, in addition to Hawkins, it has production and songwriting assistance from National’s Mark Ronson and Aaron Dessner, Straus said. Rolling Stone in a recent interview that his influence and creative style remain at the forefront of the record. “I’m in command of this ship,” she says. “Otherwise it wouldn’t be my music.”