Since releasing 2009’s New Leaves shortly after the birth of his daughter, Kinsella has embraced the untraditional role of being a stay-at-home father – a situation that has invariably led Mike to ruminate on the passing of his own father and their strained relationship, something that was covered on 2010’s Ghost Town, perhaps Mike’s most well-rounded and most warmly received release yet.
That Ghost Town proves to be yet another step toward a new musical direction should come as no surprise to those who have followed Owen’s songwriting evolution from sparse acoustic offerings (on his self-titled debut) to lush, string-filled arrangements (At Home With Owen, New Leaves).
With production by Brian Deck (Iron & Wine) and Neil Strauch (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy), the songs on Ghost Town become as beautifully fleshed-out as Kinsella finds the lyrical apparitions he confronts to be frustratingly lacking substance.
As a result, the record serves to reincarnate the souls haunting Kinsella – enabling him to achieve closure and move forward with the next chapter of his life.
Mike will tour Ghost Town, as well as playing songs from earlier records and undoubtedly offering surprise choices from his other projects, in the UK in 2012.
The following dates have been announced:
02/02/2012 – Brighton, UK @ The Green Door Store
03/02/2012 – Newport, UK @ Le Pub- Circuit Sweet Covering.
05/02/2012 – London, UK @ Old Blue Last