KINSEY – ‘My Loneliest Debut’ (album stream) (premiere)

Fans of the New Pornographers and Destroyer will gravitate to this similarly eccentric and charming new album.

The brainchild of New York singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Nick Kinsey, the aptly named KINSEY dives shamelessly into the melodic and hook-oriented indie pop of A.C. Newman and Dan Bejar and emerges with an identity of its own on the charming new album My Loneliest Debut, which comes out 18 September. There’s an anything-goes quality to Kinsey’s writing that’s impossible to resist, his kitchen-sink approach making for idiosyncratic yet vibrant music.

In fact, it’s Kinsey himself who came up with the best possible “elevator pitch” description of his music, telling PopMatters, “What if Levon had been possessed by the unborn spirit of Steven Drozd, and pulled a Skip Spence, axing away Bob and the Band, stealing the Elephant Six Orchestra’s instrument closet in his pajamas and recording the Basement Tapes alone on a laptop?”

If you live in the eastern half of North America, be sure to catch KINSEY on the road this fall:

09.17 Pete’s Candy Store (Brooklyn, NY)

09.24 Pete’s Candy Store (Brooklyn, NY)

10.19 Corona Virgin Moblie Theatre w/ Cold War Kids (Montreal, Canada)

10.20 The Danforth Music Hall w/ Cold War Kids (Toronto, Canada)

10.23 Toad’s Place w/ Cold War Kids (New Haven, CT)

10.24 Terminal 5 w/ Cold War Kids (NYC, NY)

10.25 9:30 Club w/ Cold War Kids (Washington, DC)

10.28 The Fillmore w/ Cold War Kids (Philadelphia, PA)

10.29 House of Blues w/ Cold War Kids (Boston, MA)