Owen - The King of Whys [180-Gram Blue/White Starburst]

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Owen – the acclaimed solo musical guise of singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Mike Kinsella – has made an astonishing leap forward with The King of Whys, the first work in his two-decade-plus career to be made entirely outside of the greater Chicagoland area.

Produced by S. Carey over 18 days last winter at April Base Studios in Eau Claire, WI, the album is Owen’s most inspired and evocative thus far, interpolating a group dynamic into what has long been an intensely intimate sound.

Songs like “The Desperate Act” and “Sleep Is A Myth” remain spare but with a distinctly outward shift in scope, their open-armed sonic range a perfect foil toKinsella’s evocative explorations of marriage, melancholia, and modern middle age.

Fraught with hurt and wry humor, The King of Whys is a portrait of a restless artist grappling with doubt and ghosts of the past but searching for meaning through candor, creativity, and an ardent need for emotional release.

A1 Empty Bottle
A2 The Desperate Act
A3 Settled Down
A4 Lovers Come And Go
A5 Tourniquet
B1 A Burning Soul
B2 Saltwater
B3 An Island
B4 Sleep Is A Myth
B5 Lost