Music News


Mike Kinsella must be getting tired. Since he took a detour from Joan of Arc in 1999 to begin recording his own material -- first in the group American Football, and now solo, as Owen -- the songwriter has quietly constructed a panopticon of doomed emotional scenarios that somehow involve beds or sleeping. On I Do Perceive alone, six of the eight tracks fall into this category, the most blatant being "Who Found Who's Hair in Who's Bed?" and featherweight "Bed Abuse." But as soft, hushed and fixated on nap time as it can be, the disc is far from narcoleptic. Amid all of the plush strumming and lovelorn cooing, Kinsella manages to spike his maudlin weariness with stinging anti-social commentary, paying lyrical tribute to Morrissey even as he paraphrases the Misfits. Unlike the similar-sounding Death Cab for Cutie, a band hopped up on its own bleating melodramatics, Owen's music occupies that tense, pregnant silence between between the rustle of PJs and the thunk of heads hitting pillows.
KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Jason Heller
Contact: Jason Heller