Watch List: Explore the Depths of Owen's Mind
Mike Kinsella is perhaps one of the most influential indie rock musicians to comes out of Chicago. You may know the musician from his work in American Football, Cap'n Jazz, Joan Of Arc, and Their / They're / There but Owen has been a project Kinsella has worked under for around 15 years. There's a reason the musician always gets a big following for each individual band entity he creates.
The latest music from Owen is recent in that is was released July 29th, 2016, The King of Whys, out through Polyvinyl. This album is acoustic but it is also heavy; heavy in the sense of the feeling it gives you. Its first single came in the form of "Lost." Lyrically, the track is powerful and touches on troubles, making for a very vulnerable piece of work:
"stay poor and die trying
take the drugs I didn't
take lay the whores I didn't lay
'cause I was too afraid that I might like it
carry scissors with your teeth
bury your burdens underneath your lovers skin"
The album was recorded with S. Carey (famous for work with Bon Iver) over the course of two nine-day recording sessions. This record is the first by Owen that isn't self-produced and the first to have a backing band of more layers and textures. It's safe to say The King of Whys is an album of internal conflict. We feel senses of regret, self-doubt and criticism throughout songs such as "Empty Bottle," "Lovers Comes and Go," and "Sleep Is A Myth." It takes some guts and openness to be able to be vulnerable and telling how you honestly feel in a situation.
Owen has a few dates in major US cities in September and a few dates in London in November so make sure to attend if you're in the area!
For all info on Owen visit his website.