Birthmark - The Layer

Birthmark - The Layer Under the appellation Birthmark, Nate Kinsella has embraced restraint in spite of the compositional boundlessness typically borne by musical virtuosity.  On his debut album The Layer, the inventive and often byzantine drum set / Wurlitzer style he developed over the past four years in the band Make Believe is all but absent, revealing a quiet and uncanny tension of minimalist focus.  And while Kinsella performed all of the music on The Layer, recalling his multi-instrumental duties
in the band Joan of Arc, the listener is more awestruck by the attention to integration and score than by a whirlwind of prowess.

 

Birthmark - The Layer

1. the layer
2. flightless bird
3. down limbs
cumulus stimulus
5. leave seeds
6. haunted vessel
7. a solitary angle on the confinement of doom
8. the everyman
9. escape routes merge and pool

( Dunix 008 | LP | 500 Pcs | 2007 | 10,- € )
( Coraille 005 | CD | 2007 | 10,- € )

( buy it on iTunes )

 

The Layer represents an effort that began over eight years ago with the song "Flightless Bird," which was originally written for a friend's unfinished film project.  Over time, the songs transitioned through amorphous forms until their ideal structures were achieved, further revealing The Layer to be a product of discreet process. In fact, two sharply contrasting songs on The Layer "A Solitary Angle on the Confinement of Doom" and "The Layer" started as the same tune, and the piano throughout was recorded in Minnesota over two consecutive Christmas vacations.

While the recording of the album spans four years and numerous locations, it is bound by an elegant and earthy lyrical form that is telling of Kinsella's ardent atheism and wonder at the natural world. The Layer further bears witness to his growth as a recording engineer, which ostensibly began with his former band decembers architects' only LP and progressed to collaborating on multiple recordings by Joan of Arc, Sharks and Seals, Owen, and most recently the soundtrack to Tim Kinsella's debut film, Orchard Vale.


As Birthmark, Nate Kinsella's The Layer is a remarkable album that rewards both the casual and attentive listener alike.  The release of The Layer is set for December 2007 on 'record label' in the US, Coraille and Dunix in Europe, and Iscollagecollective in Japan.  A European tour will follow in the winter.