Tim Kinsella of Joan of Arc and Cap’n Jazz shares some of his solo songwriting with the world, cutting back the branches of other instrumentation to let things stand with just voice and guitar. Firecracker In A Box Of Mirrors is a lot less violent-sounding that its title suggests: in fact it is rather quiet and intimate. Orange vinyl on Joyful Noise.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 27 April 2016
So many Tim's, so little time.
Coming on the most garishly orange vinyl you’ll ever see and spinning at 45rpm, this is the latest offering from Joan of Arc, Cap'n Jazz oddball Tim Kinsella. These songs were conceived when he opened solo for Pinback and as a result is stripped back to just voice and guitar - presumably so Kinsella could tour happily by throwing all his necessities into the back of his Austin Allegro.
As you might expect, it’s odd. ‘Jury Duty’ which opens the thing up is a slice of discordant guitar with Kinsella’s off kilter tales before the whole thing stops and he sings acappela for longer than is strictly comfortable. More tuneful is ‘Pine Cone’ which is further into ‘normal’ singer songwriter territory yet still full of odd guitar twists and stops and starts. This is very similar in fact to the songwriting of David Grubbs. The math rock background is clear throughout, guitars are twisty turny with unusual tunings and you could pretty much imagine tracks such as ‘Pioneering New Emotions’ being played lavishly by a full on math rock lot.
So basically it’s stripped back acoustic math-y songwriting with a higher than normal quirk per minute ratio. You’ll like this if you like Gastr Del Sol and/or Jim O' Rourke.
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