“What Exactly Is Going On With Kirin J. Callinan? He’s toured with John Mayer and inspired a legitimately bizarre meme. But is his brand of provocation the most interesting thing in the underground music world today, or just nonsense?” – Spin Magazine
SXSW 2019 will see the launch for Kirin J Callinan on new album Return To Center. It is a reconnection with what made him fall in love with music over and over through 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, 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, a clash with outrage culture as his work hit the funny bone of the internet as a global meme, 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.
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