Kevin Devine Goes Kaleidoscopic With “Nothing’s Real, So Nothing’s Wrong”

Looking back on twenty years in any field can show either a steady evolution or a painful fall for an artist like New York native Kevin Devine, an industry veteran who isn’t afraid to embrace the fluidity of art. industry and his own tastes, which proved his worth with his latest release Nothing is real, therefore nothing is fake. With this new psychedelic and stripped-down release of her signature sound, Devine proves her ability to reinvent herself while staying true to her artistic instincts.

“I kind of knew that after the dynamic approach of Instigator in 2016 and Chewing gum back in 2013, that I didn’t really want to do some sort of top-down Pixies/Nirvana rock record, and I also didn’t want to do some sort of stripped-down, guy with a guitar record,” Devine shares with the American songwriter. “I knew what it was going to be, I wanted it to be something that was larger, big screen, kaleidoscopic, strong songs with interesting chord choices that were then sort of deconstructed and gently screwed up.”

Painting by Valerie Hegarty

The first song that set the tone was “Someone Else’s Dream”, creating a distinct sound that Devine describes as a sort of “folk-rock song having a nightmare in a Halloween store”. From there, the rest of the album was set up, generating new artistic approaches in connection with his acid trip of sound exploration.

“I certainly know that the experience of creating this record, from the first songwriting in January 2019 to the approval of the masters in September 2021, was really different from previous experiences which were much more truncated depending on the circumstances and out of necessity, where you kind of write the songs, the demos, get into a studio, and it all ends up taking four to six months from start to finish,” Devine shares. “It was a lot more decentralized than that and I think it benefited the particular group of songs a lot.”

Draw inspiration from revolutionary and offbeat records such as The Beatle’s white albumSparklehorse It’s a wonderful lifeRadiohead’s Ok Computerby Elliott Smith From a basement on the hilland many others in the same vein, Devine created a central atmospheric theme of “strong songs amid deconstructed fields of statics and atmosphere”, as he explains.

Bringing this new group of sounds, perspectives and killers with him, Devine is currently embarking on a US tour with a backing crew capable of communicating a very dense record in a way that both honors and augments it. . After two decades as a musician, Nothing’s real, so nothing’s wrong is the record that Devine believes most accurately represents his abilities and temperament at this point and time – a true feat and an inspiration for any artist.

“I always try to provide insight into what it’s like to be a person at some point in my personal story, which of course exists within and constantly intersects with our larger common story,” Devine shares. . “Maybe what I’m most interested in communicating is that it’s hard to be a person and it’s okay to have feelings about it.”

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