Pick Up On: Birthmark

Drawing from minimalism, electronica, and indie rock, Nate Kinsella’s Birthmark offers an entrancing mélange of musical expression that intrigues and delights.  Inspired by Steve Reich, Birthmark was established to “do minimalism, crazy pitched percussion pop music”; while not quite succeeding in this intention, the music uses minimalistic strings, marimba, vibraphone, and percussion with atypical song structures and a wisp of pop sensibilities.  Like Charles Ives, Kinsella holds down a day job so that, in the words of Gustave Flaubert, he can “Be regular and orderly in [his] life so that [he] may be violent and original in [his] work.” (Gary Canino interview).  The new album, Antibodies, is available now on Polyvinyl Records – highly recommended.

Check Out: Fossil Record [mp3] (A-side, free web single 2010)

Check Out: Be However You Please [mp3] (B-side, free web single 2010)

Birthmark – ‘Stuck’ (from Antibodies)

Birthmark – ‘Please Go Away’ (from Antibodies)

Birthmark – ‘Shake Hands’ (from Antibodies)


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