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Kinsey shares rousing new single “Wide Awake” — listen

Elvis Perkins in Dearland's Nick Kinsey readies his debut solo LP

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Nick Kinsey comes from quite an extensive musical pedigree. He was already versed in piano and clarinet when, at 17, he was taken under the wing of Billy Martin (of Medeski, Martin & Wood) to begin studying drums. He would later go on to learn from jazz legends Bob Gullotti and Bob Moses, even spending a year studying with local percussionists in Havana, Cuba. Kinsey went on to be a founding member of Elvis Perkins in Dearland, also performing in bands like AA Bondy and A.C. Newman, and providing live horns for the likes of My Morning Jacket and Okkervil River.

After years honing his multi-instrumental skills playing with other outfits, he’s finally set to release his debut solo effort as Kinsey. Winkingly dubbed My Loneliest Debut, Kinsey himself plays every instrument save for bass on the self-released LP due out September 18th. The singles released thus far have revealed a wide range of genre sampling, from the folksy title track to the technicolor psych-rock of “Get Lost”. The last taste of the album sits more in swaying indie rock with “Wide Awake”.

Elements of Kinsey’s psych proclivities are still prominent, from the trippy undulating synths to the floating guitar work on the chorus and bridge. He also shows off some of his clarinet upbringing on the latter portion of the track, but the whole thing is a tour-de-force of the musician’s multi-faceted skill set. It also demonstrates his ability to write a sweet, heart-sore indie pop track with lyrics like, “You woke me up, oh/ from the minute that you showed up.” Take a listen below.

Kinsey will play a single release show celebrating “Wide Awake” this Thursday, August 6th at Brooklyn’s Shea Stadium.

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