Kirin J. Callinan is serving up two for Tuesday. The Aussie treasure shared two new singles today, “Bravado” and “S.A.D.”. The former comes with a trippy video. You can check them out below.
Signed to Terrible Records, Kirin is a bit of an acquired taste. He’s eccentric and mischievous, and quite seductive. We’re absolutely smitten with the weirdo, and have been jonesing for the follow up to his 2013 debut solo LP Embracism. In February, he wrote on Facebook that he had received the masters for the new record. And, this week he went on Triple J and spoke about how excited he is, calling it a masterpiece. The record features collaborations with Weyes Blood, Alex Cameron, Mac DeMarco, Jimmy Barnes and the Finn Brothers.
Kirin also recently posted a spoof documentary that manufactures a history around a pop single that he recorded with Jorge Elbrecht called “Tellin’ Me This”. In real life, the song has never been released, but in the video it’s described as being a cult classic that sadly didn’t lead to success for Kirin. Done “Behind The Music” style, the video features interviews with Mac DeMarco, Mark Ronson, Jack Black, Sebastian Teller and more. You can watch it below.
As for the two new singles, which will appear on the new record, “S.A.D.” is a quirky and swirling song about drugs that Kirin worked on in London with Aaron Cupples. On the opposite pole is “Bravado”, a heartbreaking love ballad produced and co-written by Dann Hume of Evermore. The video for the latter finds Kirin re-teaming with “Landslide” director Vincenzi Vandella (Midnight Juggernauts), and features the musician shirtless in a busy Tokyo train station.
Kirin is about to embark on a US tour supporting Aussie psych-rock band Pond. He’ll be playing two shows in New York City, May 9 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg and May 10 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are on sale now. You can find all dates below.
KIRIN J CALLINAN US TOUR DATES (opening for Pond)
4/25 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
4/27 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
4/28 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
4/29 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
5/2 – Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
5/3 – Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
5/5 – Mod Club Theatre – Toronto, ON
5/6 – Waking Windows – Winooski, VT
5/7 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
5/9 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
5/10 – Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
5/11 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
5/12 – Black Cat – Washington, DC