Amidst live stints playing with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker and opening for TV On the Radio, Kirin J Callinan has been busy since the release of his debut album Embracism. “The Teacher” is Callinan’s first single from his second record, due in 2016, soaked with the sort of melancholic ache you get when you accidentally-on-purpose drink an entire liquor store’s inventory and subsequently think that a noose is your best friend. Callinan channels his pain wonderfully, though, and his brooding vocals shine alongside dark pianos and horns. “I don’t want you/ I’m gonna save my young mind for the teacher who’s only teaching me,” Callinan croons, in a haunting — yet somehow oddly comforting — manner. Listen below.
Callinan is playing CMJ this week, starting tonight:
10/16 New York, NY @ Elvis Guesthouse
10/16 New York, NY @ Cameo Gallery
10/17 New York, NY @ The Delancey
His second album will be released in 2016 by Terrible Records.