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Kirin J Callinan – Stream the New Covers Album and Read Our Rave Review of It

Return to Center Out Now via Terrible Records

Jun 21, 2019
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Australian experimental musician Kirin J Callinan has released a new covers album, Return to Center, today via Terrible Records. Now that the album is out, you can stream the whole thing below. Yesterday we posted our rave review of the album and you can read that here. Also below are his upcoming tour dates.

Return to Center includes "The Whole of the Moon," which is a cover of a 1985 song by Scotland's The Waterboys that Callinan shared a video for in March (it was one of our Songs of the Week, despite being a cover). When the album was announced he shared "It Takes a Muscle (To Fall In Love)," a cover of a 1982 song by Spectral Display that was also one of our Songs of the Week. The album also includes covers of mainly '80s songs by the likes of Momus, Opus, Randy Newman, Robert Wyatt, Billy Field, Ultravox, and others.

A previous press release described the album this way: "On Return to Center, Callinan's trademark flamboyance is cut with a newfound fragility that comes curled up in an attempt to do justice to the songs he holds nearest and dearest. Callinan, and the albums zeitgeist producer Francois Tetaz, rework both all-time favorites and last-minute spontaneous additions, songs that have shaped the artist he is today amongst songs that were jammed out of the blue in their Silverlake garage come studio, spilling onto the street with ideas, gear and talent."

Callinan had this to say about the album in the press release: "In August 2018 I embarked upon my most ambitious solo album to date. I, along with producer Francois T, said label head honcho Ethan S., creative consorts and L'Angeleno shred pigs, set out to purchase the most spartan assembly of instruments and studio equipment deemed necessary. That night, day zero, in an east LA garage; Travis, my trusted engineer, and I would set it all and power it up. Boxes stacked n' stocked away with price tags still intact, we began in earnest, honestly, on what would become an album worth of tunes that were and are even more so now some of the nearest and dearest songs to me. All within 14 days. All before our eventual eviction from that garage on 1024 Manzanita Street. All before our inescapable...Return to Center."

Check out our 2017 interview with Kirin J Callinan on Bravado and the accompanying photo-shoot we did with him as he was getting a shave and a haircut at a Washington DC barbershop.

Kirin J Callinan Tour Dates:

Tue. July 2 - Gothenburg, SE @ Pusterviksbaren
Wed. July 3 - Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene
Thu. July 4 - Stockholm, SE @ München Brewery
Fri. July 5 - Berlin, DE @ Urban Spree
Sat. July 6 - Amsterdam, NL @ De School
Sun. July 7 - Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
Mon. July 8 - Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
Tue. July 9 - London, UK @ Omeara
Thu. July 11 - Paris, FR @ Ephemere
Fri. July 12 - Normandie, FR @ Pete The Monkey Festival
Sun. July 14 - Dublin, IE @ Iveagh Gardens *
Thu. Aug. 8 - Adelaide, AU @ Lion Arts Factory
Fri. Aug. 9 - Melbourne, AU @ Croxton Bandroom
Sat. Aug. 10 - Fremantle, AU @ Freo Social
Fri. Aug. 16 - Brisbane, AU @ The Zoo
Sat. Aug. 17 - Sydney, AU @ Metro Theatre

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