Singer songwriter Ken Kunin is a man who is tough to encapsulate. Many may know Ken through the success of the band davis waits which he fronted. Their last release on Underhill Recordings received airplay from New York to Los Angeles. The CD the evolution of... also found a great deal of critical acclaim throughout the country. Ken's songs were evaluated as pop-desert-alternative marries Taoism and Dirty Harry flicks. So the big question running on everyone's lips was "Why would Ken ditch his band to release a solo CD?"
Many will think Kunin's ego may have exploded or that the dreadlocks he was carrying around for over a decade must have caused mild brain damage. The truth is that after a decade of being in bands, Ken needed to express himself and his art without compromise. Sometimes visions can be shared, other times they stand alone."
The result of Ken's departure from playing in a rock band is his most focused and passionate work to date. His upcoming solo CD "Attachments" reveals a mournful artist who ponders lifes less cheerful images. "Attachments" asks the question "how do you rise up after most of your dreams have fallen?" The result is a darkly textured work, resonating with the familiarity of isolation.
"Attachments" is a synthesis of dark pop, rock and a touch of deep country. The melodies will remain in the listener's mind and move around effortlessly. The production comes from the hands and mind of Jon Griffin. In a world where music is too often devoid of depth, Ken Kunin's songs with Jon Griffin's masterful production make this a work that stands apart.
Quotes from press about Ken Kunin and his former band davis waits....
"These are great songs, heavy with cynicism but buoyed by moments of guarded optimism...Kunin plunks down a large set of incisive and insightful tunes. With just enough of a commercial edge to be attractive to the regular set. An all together enrapturing set." Jon Worley- Aiding and Abetting
"davis waits is a young band with a great future... The band's unique sound, solid songwriting skills, and strong presentation make this an act to watch." Jorge Hernandez- Music Connection
"Ken Kunin writes great songs about everyday stuff... This is a very well written and produced album that rock fans will dig." Troy Mayhew - Ink Nineteen
"Kunin's songs give a sensitive, vulnerable male perspective that isn't that of a whiny wimp or a manipulative, posturing projection to get shagged, because the dread - locked punk in a ten gallon hat has been touched with fire. If their sound could be seen it would be the transitional moment when a drop of rain dries midway in its descent to the desert floor." Nelson Gary- The Angry Thoreauan
"Ken Kunin, the founder, lead vocalist and songwriter for davis waits is a master of both lyric and melody. He shifts effortlessly from sincere sensitivity to wistfulness... The songs truly shine here." G. Murray Thomas - Skratch
"davis waits is not a person, rather it's a group helmed by the creative and insightful Ken Kunin- songwriter, martial arts expert and visionary. Their songs are an amalgam of psychedelic pop, alt-rock, Americana cowboy west and a dash of edgy rock that's always tempered by a natural sense of melody and mood." Totally Music- The Album Network
"A collection of songs that lifts and inspires the soul infusing a little cynicism and humor." Julie M. Drake- The Daily Sundial
Check out the artist's website:
1. Fall Down Get Up Man
2. Waiting For You
3. Skyline Change
4. Lost in Your World
5. When She Uses
6. This World Owes You Nothing
7. Can't Keep Still
8. Get Me Through This Night
9. These Are Days
10. Invisible Toyou
11. Come Monday Morning
12. Acre of Diamonds