Joe King making a name for himself apart from the Fray
King also recently collaborated on a song with Timbaland and Esthero on "Undertow," a tune from the former's forthcoming album, Shock Value II. That tune begins with austere, very brief, Fray-like piano figure that immediately blends into a subduded, almost tentative Timbaland beat that props up the producer's auto-tuned vocals in the first verse, before becoming even more Frayed during the chorus, which King lends his burnished tenor. For her part, Esthero, who handles the second verse, sort of steals the show. "Undertow" hasn't officially been released yet -- Shock Value II doesn't hit stores until Tuesday, December 8 -- but enterprising Googlers shouldn't have too hard a time tracking it down.