Nick Kinsey first came to my attention, albeit in a minor way, as a founding member/drummer of folk-rock collective Elvis Perkins in Dearland. Even while in Dearland, Kinsey spent time on other projects, playing drums for the likes of indie darlings AA Bondy and A.C. Newman. He later formed Diamond Doves with Dearland’s Brigham Brough and Wyndham Boylan-Garnett before striking out on his own as Kinsey.
That circuitous route has led him to his true calling. “My Loneliest Debut” is a spectacular first effort from Kinsey, who aside from bass work contributed by Dan Edinberg of The Step Kids, plays every instrument and sings every lyric on splendid 11-track release. Hopefully “My Loneliest Debut” is the first of many Kinsey records to come.
Things get off to a great start with the opening salvo of “Wide Awake” and “Dawn,” and Kinsey later scores with “Whipping Boy,” the title track, “Defender,” “I’m Home” and “Eat Your Heart.” A couple of years ago I’d have wagered that Kinsey’s future resided behind the drum kit with Elvis Perkins in Dearland. Now there’s no question in my mind that this guy’s a star in his own right. (Jeffrey Sisk)