September 18, 2013

Inclusive Track Premiere: Modern Kin – “Abandon”

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Modern Kin, formerly known as the dynamic alt-gospel act Drew Grow and the Pastors’ Wives, are back with a new album, name and leaner line-up.

Gone are the hints of bucolic folk, the band’s soaring harmonies now rage, ragged edges left raw and exposed. The new album, produced by Janet Weiss (of Sleater-Kinney, Quasi, Wild Flag), is a truer representation of the band than past recordings, highlighting the frenetic energy of singer Drew Grow, who, at his best, is perfectly unhinged, a captivating presence who no matter how close you look or listen, you can’t quite figure out. In a sea of pacifistic soundalikes, Modern Kin is a refreshing death rattle unwilling to go passively. More electric than acoustic, more soul than sound, more brave than bright … Grow and his compatriots offer again exactly what I need from music right now: something that shakes me from my apathy from the inside out, that confronts both what I love and what I loathe and makes me lean in to listen closer.

You can pre-order the new Modern Kin album starting today, but first, you can get an early listen to album opener “Abandon.”

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