Compared to the likes of Crowded House
, The Cure
, and Jeff Buckley
, The Kin
, comprised of Australian brothers Isaac and Thorry Koren, are ready to release their new album, Rise and Fall
on the brothers' own label, Aletheia Records. Written entirely by the Korens and co-produced by Nic Hard (The Bravery
, Jesse Malin
, Aberdeen City
, The Church
), the 14 track CD is set to be released on October 9, 2007.
Rise and Fall
's acoustic focus brings the brothers' smooth vocals and Thorry's adept guitar playing into the forefront. All instruments, with the exception of the strings, were performed and recorded by the Korens. Infused with cellos and violins, the songs possess skillfully developed melodies that swell to cathartic choruses and return to satisfying conclusions. Big epic images and dense harmonies drench their sound, and their songs tell quirky human stories that often leave you with a question. The brothers, with no fear of revealing their personal truths, dare to use sentiment that often feels radical, yet sincere.
Rise and Fall
brings about a whirlwind of emotions for the powerfully gifted duo who are influenced by Pink Floyd
, Fleetwood Mac
. "If you listen to the intentions behind the lyrics in this album, our intent is to stir the pot to provoke change and move from a place of feeling down and out to a place of expectation," says Isaac, "These are not meant to be flowery love songs." "The album is about hope from struggle," adds Thorry, "Sometimes you have to dive deep to get to the pearl."
Originally named The Harlequin, the brothers Koren arrived from Australia in 2001 and have since taken the US music scene by storm. Their live show brings about a poetic feel with rhythmic percussion performed by drummer "Shakerleg," who plays without the use of sticks. They have performed to packed or sold-out shows at prominent venues including World Café Live (Philadelphia), Hotel Café (LA), Paradise Lounge (Boston), as well as NYC's Pianos, Bowery Ballroom, Joe's Pub, Knitting Factory, Mercury Lounge and Gibson Sound Stage (with the legendary Comets), and have held a 2-month residency at NYC's Rockwood Music Hall.
With the help of Tower Records and their own grass roots marketing, The Kin have built up a large following, already selling over 15,000 units of their previous releases. Their songs are featured on radio stations such as Q104.3 NY, 104.7 MA, WZBC Boston, WMMR and XM Radio. They've made several notable TV appearances, including FOX's Good Day New York (part of the GD Press Play Concert Series) and Fearless Music TV, Backstage with Barry Nolan on Comcast, and local news programs in Boston (Fox), Philadelphia (ABC), Washington DC (NBC Universal 4), and New York City (CW11). Print credits include Billboard, New York Times, BMI, Time Out New York, YRB, and Foam. In the coming weeks, the duo will have two of Rise and Fall
's songs featured in an upcoming episode of Lifetime TV's new critically acclaimed series, Army Wives
. In addition, The Kin are actively involved in Save Darfur, an organization dedicated to ending the genocide currently taking place in the Sudan region.