Today, Kirin J. Callinan announces his new album, Return To Center, out June 21st via Terrible Records. Following the previously released, melodramatic and heart wrenching “The Whole of the Moon,” he now shares a new single, “It Takes A Muscle (To Fall In Love).” Originally a track by Spectral Display and recently covered by M.I.A., Kirin’s voice saunters over twangy guitar and fluttering piano as he meditates about overcoming hardships in love.
Return to Center is a reconnection with that made Callinan fall in love with music over and over, and is a personal exploration of timeless songwriting. Following two albums of inimitable, challenging pop music that garnered global acclaim and marked Callinan as a singularly unique talent, it is ironically singing other peoples’ songs that felt like the most truthful next step for Kirinas an 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. Callinan, and the albums zeitgeist producer Francois Tetaz, rework both all-time favorites and last-minute spontaneous additions, songs that have shaped the artist he is today amongst songs that were jammed out of the blue in their Silverlake garage come studio, spilling onto the street with ideas, gear and talent.
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 mistakes, exaggeration and misrepresentations to be his “Return to Center.”
“In August 2018 I embarked upon my most ambitious solo album to date,” says Callinan. “I, along with producer Francois T, said label head honcho Ethan S., creative consorts and L’Angeleno shred pigs, set out to purchase the most spartan assembly of instruments and studio equipment deemed necessary. That night, day zero, in an east LA garage; Travis, my trusted engineer, and I would set it all and power it up. Boxes stacked n’ stocked away with price tags still intact, we began in earnest, honestly, on what would become an album worth of tunes that were and are even more so now some of the nearest and dearest songs to me. All within 14 days. All before our eventual eviction from that garage on 1024 Manzanita Street. All before our inescapable…Return To Center.”
Callinan is on a North American tour in support of Return To Center. Then he will tour Europe and Australia, all dates are below.