Kirin J Callinan: Embracism (Terrible) album review | Under the Radar - Music Magazine
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Kirin J Callinan



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This raspy-throated singer and guitarist has snagged comparisons to fellow Australian Nick Cave, though his dramatic style can bring more of an industrial-smitten Bowie to mind. His strange voice is surrounded with sleepy, soothing sounds in some songs, but the album's most fascinating tracks are its harsher ones. The title track is a visceral rumination on masculinity, breaking down at one point into the power dynamics of a playground scuffle; Callinan's throttled bark here is more injured animal than man, and the scraping, abrasive instrumentals add to mixed feelings of discomfort and shame. It's far from pleasant, and that's probably because it feels so real and forthright. Though the album demands an effort from its listener, it does add up to more than just the sum of its idiosyncrasies. Embracism sounds like little else out there-a rare thing to say about any piece of music. (

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