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Today it was announced that The King of Whys, the forthcoming record from Mike Kinsella’s solo project Owen will be released through Polyvinyl Records on July 29th. The album explores Kinsella’s relationships, his fatherhood, and his own self-awareness as he peers at the choices that he’s made thus far.

While Owen has typically been a stripped-down escape for Chicago’s coveted multi-instrumentalist who’s fronted the likes of Cap’n Jazz, Owls, and the recently reunited American Football, The King Of Whys invites a group dynamic that we haven’t seen very much on the previous eight Owen Records. It’s also the first album in Kinsella’s two-decade-plus career to be made outside of Chicago (sure, Wisconsin is just a stones throw away, but facts are facts). The album was produced by S. Carey of Bon Iver over 18 days last winter and was made with the help of WI musicians Zach Hanson, Michael Noyce, Ben Lester, Andy Hofer, and Jeremy Botcher.

If Owen’s first single “Lost” is any indication of what’s to come, then it’s safe to say that The King of Whys is going to catch a lot of buzz this summer. “Lost” is reflective, warm, and soft-spoken, a song that has far more purpose and direction than the contrasting title implies. This song is about recognizing your past but considering where a different path could have taken you. It’s the kind of track you imagine playing alone on a long drive across winding roads after a night spent with an old friend who you hadn’t seen in years.

“Lost” is currently streaming on Soundcloud. You can listen to the song below and pre-order Owen’s ninth studio record, The King of Whys, through Polyvinyl Records.

 

 

 

Related: Q & A with Mike Kinsella: Will American Football Release A New Album?

 

 

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