This KINSEY article was written by Fay Lenehan, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse
Nick Kinsey describes himself as a “Drummer, Strummer, and Midnight Hummer” which is a somewhat modest summary of the multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist. Based in New York, KINSEY has been a member of various bands like Elvis Perkins, Diamond Doves and Dearland Horns, and performed with the likes of My Morning Jacket, Bon Iver and Cold War Kids; and that’s making a long story short. His first solo release is the aptly named ‘My Loneliest Debut’ under the moniker KINSEY, (no gold stars for guessing where that came from) and although it may indeed be his loneliest debut, it certainly doesn’t sound like it.
With tracks as diverse as his talent, this is an album built on simple beats and gorgeous lyrics, swirled with delicious extras. KINSEY plays every instrument from banjo to synth, as well as vocals, and takes a real ‘anything goes’ approach. Not tying himself to a sound, style, or genre has created an eccentric and charming album that won’t leave you feeling bored.
Opening with the wild and upbeat ‘Wide Awake’ and instantly mellowing right down to ‘Dawn’, this theme carries on across the album with up-tempo tracks mingling perfectly with softer songs. However, just when you think you get used to his juxtapositions, he throws in ‘Defender’. Now, this track sounds like it could come from a different album completely and unfortunately throws it all a bit out of kilter, but, he pulls it straight back with the strong and aching track ‘I’m Home’. With an album as experimental as this you’ve got to prepare to roll with a bit of hit and miss.
Highlights include title track ‘My Loneliest Debut’ which is the perfect example of KINSEY killing the ‘intricate yet simple’ effect and the penultimate ‘We Are Pipes’ which is larger than life. This album proves that Nick Kinsey works just as well on his own as when under the cover of one of his many bands. A true talent, KINSEY is playing at The Dalston in London on the 24th November, solo and with band Elvis Perkins.
‘My Loneliest Debut’ is out now