Kirin J Callinan

Larimer Lounge Presents

Kirin J Callinan

Jorge Elbrecht, French Kettle Station

Saturday, 5/18

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$15 - $18

This event is 18 and over

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Kirin J Callinan
Kirin J Callinan
Return To Center is Kirin J Callinan’s new record, a reconnection with what made him fall in love with music over and over throughout the years, and a very personal exploration of the timeless songwriting tradition passed down and reinterpreted from one generation to the next. Following two albums of inimitable, challenging pop music that garnered global acclaim and marked Callinan as entirely unique, a singular talent, nominations for the Australian Music Prize, support slots for everyone from Crowded House to Tame Impala, a role acting in Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake and an ARIA Award Nomination, ironically it was singing other peoples’ songs that felt like the most truthful next step for the swashbuckling Sydney artist. 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.

Return To Center collects Callinan reworks of both all-time favourites and last-minute spontaneous additions, songs that have shaped the artist he is today amongst songs that were jammed out of the blue in the studio. Callinan sounds all too in step with Laibach’s teutonic march “Life Is Life”, before completely transforming the twitchy Prince-lite of Momus’ “The Homosexual” into lithe, tender acoustic folk. The Waterboys’ “Whole Of The Moon” is rendered even more melodramatic and heart wrenching than the original and comes off like the theme song to the greatest 80s sitcom you never saw, while Randy Newman’s “Pretty Boy” sticks largely faithful to the sombre original, and Public Image Limited’s “Rise” ascends amidst Celtic guitars and television news clips. At the chronological and spiritual center of the record - the eye of the storm - lies the title track and sole original composition. A stark, spacious instrumental, “Return To Center’s serenity is interrupted by maniacal laughter, assumedly Callinan’s.

Recording was swift - tracking a song per day, with a few up the sleeve for overdubs, mixing and mastering. With a lengthy list of prior collaborators that has included Mark Ronson, Jimmy Barnes, Mac Demarco, Weyes Blood, Connan Mockasin and Alex Cameron to name a few, the open (garage) door policy was maintained for Return To Center. First luminary to lift the shutters was producer Francois Tetaz whose zeitgeist work with Gotye is legendary. More than a producer to this project, Francois’ enthusiasm to work with Kirin is in the DNA off his concept.

A cast of outlaws followed that included Drew Erickson, Benji Lysaght, Stella Mozgawa, Dave Elitch, Jasper Leek and Holiday Sidewinder, gathered in the garage of his temporary Silverlake abode, delighting in the perverse subversion of the capitalist system and the challenge of completing a record with such clear time and financial constraints. With the roller door open to the street just weeks before he was due to be evicted, they merrily blasted through the set with no time to second guess or overthink and as a result, Return To Center retains an instinctive, vulnerable edge, emerging as Callinan’s most tender yet celebratory record yet.

Return To Center glimmers with what Callinan describes as a “corporate spiritual” radiance. It is a punk rock meditation on record making, music past and present. For Callinan it slices through a contradictory and confusing year of exaggerations and misrepresentations to be his ‘Return to Center’ – sounds, songs, lyrics, performance.

Whatever it is and however it was made, Return To Center transcends to a triumph.
Jorge Elbrecht
Jorge Elbrecht
The musician & visual artist once known as Jorge Elbrecht is now a thin, wrinkled shell of what he used to be. Today, he’s an atrophied chassis containing a confused grey jellyfish which meanders from one foggy idea to the next, unable to focus. From his interdisciplinary work as a member of Lansing-Dreiden, to multimedia collaborations with artist Max Hooper Schneider, to his guitar pop band Violens, to his work with artists like Ariel Pink, Gang Gang Dance, Tamaryn, No Joy, Ice Choir, Kirin J. Callinan and Frankie Rose--it’s clear Elbrecht had sought continually to connect with the subconscious through art. Now under the close care of family, an acute depression which must have risen from a disenchantment with the culture of the time, has taken over. The art, music and poetry that Elbrecht was so passionate and driven by for the first half of his life had fallen to the ways of the “mindless, like-based new,” and therefore perhaps there was no other option but for him to fast-forward into his own physiological twilight.

During this 10-year period of rapid deterioration there were countless recordings attempted, and quite a few completed. Musical co-conspirators assisted in the capture of these songs, and Elbrecht himself finalized a great deal of them, but could not see a reason to release them to the public. The projects were scattered, almost as if there were an attempt to create his own contained musical subculture. They featured a variety of stylistic entities to enjoy depending on one’s mood. Much like an obsessive owner taxidermies and displays a deceased pet, Elbrecht’s final coherent years found him struggling to prop-up and surround himself with the type of art and music he felt he had lost to commercialism and the culture industry’s lack of curiosity. “He wished he existed in a time where he could enjoy the world around him… I think he was trying his hardest to block it out with things he preferred,” gathers the artist’s father.

As bleak as this state of affairs may be, far more dismal is the notion that this music would never be heard. Therefore, there is currently an effort to bring these completed works to light. Thankfully, today Elbrecht cares and says very little about anything at all, seemingly fine with those close to him making his music available to all. The first of many releases is a double-vinyl pressing entitled Jorge Elbrecht Here Lies, which contains roughly an EP’s worth of songs from four very different projects: Presentable Corpse, Gloss Coma, REMYNYS, and Coral Cross. Elbrecht had a vision and a trajectory planned for each of these, and those behind the album art have attempted to represent it as closely as possible. The projects vary greatly--from the tape-saturated flexidisc shimmer of Presentable Corpse, to the early 90s rack unit hi-fi of REMYNYS, to the pulsing, full-frequency speaker utilization of Gloss Coma, to Coral Cross’ grindingly distorted blasts & gasps. More is sure to come, as it would appear that there is quite a substantial catalog to disseminate. The intention of all involved--his family, freinds and record label--is to continue playing the music, keeping Elbrecht’s previous tenacity, imagination and dreams for more, alive. Perhaps the spirit has left the vessel, but it can surely live on through the words and melodies therein.
French Kettle Station
French Kettle Station is Luke Thinnes of Denver, Colorado.
Venue Information:
Larimer Lounge
2721 Larimer St.
Denver, CO, 80205