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Birthmark releases "How You Look When You're Falling Down" LP at Rough Trade on 12.13

Birthmark, aka Brooklyn musician Nate Kinsella, will be celebrating the release of album "How You Look When You're Falling Down" at Brooklyn's Rough Trade on Sunday, December 13. The band's special one-night-only lineup will feature a heck of a lot of high profile guests, including Matt Bauder (Arcade Fire, Iron and Wine), Chris Hainey (Maps & Atlases), Olivia De Prato & Victor Lowrie (Mivos Quartet), Justin Frye (PC Worship, Skeletons), Cory Bracken (Real Adult, Ashcan Orchestra, Iktus Percussion), Diego Clare, Peter Hess (World/Inferno Friendship Society, Asphalt Orchestra), Sam Kulik (Skeletons), and Jordan McLean (Antibalas, Iron and Wine). Wow, talk about name dropping! But besides that, the two preview singles from the album sound very intriguing indeed: Birthmark offers a compelling mash of electro, orchestral pop, afrobeat, and conceptual rock a la Brian Eno. We are enjoying streaming track "Find Yourself," but check out also "Suit of Armor" which lacks the awesome tenor sax section, but features interesting middle eastern strings and a tighter, tenser beat.

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!


When the orchestra gets weird: Birthmark plays Pianos on 08.17

There's something touching about the quiet voice of concern that Birthmark gives to the people he meets. Like the intimate chamber/electronic music of Destroyer or Jeremy Enigk, singer/songwriter Nate Kinsella uses random materials (whether these be drum machines or pizzicato violins) to pull something deeply personal out of otherwise far-flung genres. Whether the towering tribute of 'Big Man' or the mysterious source of inspiration in 'You lighten me up,' his latest LP 'Antibodies' digs deeply into the human condition. Birthmark pulls inspiration from unlikely places, repeating this sentiment over either baroque oboes and after-hours electronics alike.

In a desperate world filled with all manner of overlapping human and musical families, Birthmark designs a universe where both of these can live together. Handling his subjects in a delicate manner, one story at a time. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)


Birthmark "Antibodies"

Nate Kinsella's latest project, a full-length album called Antibodies released under the name Birthmark, came out last month through Polyvinyl. It is his second release as Birthmark. This project is both intimate at times and grand at others. Kinsella has a way of delivering vocals in a hushed but emotional way. Yet it is the instrumentation that gives this album its warmth. Pulsing strings, looping beats, dissected sounds, every sound is thought out and well places.

Birthmark performs next at Empty Bottle on August 13th for free show.


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