Jim O'Rourke

Spunk Discography

Jim O’Rourke
The Visitor


Jim O’Rourke
Insignificance


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HOT DAMN!! We’d heard this new Jim O’Rourke was going to be great, but nobody told us it was gonna rock us so!! The man himself re-emerges with his first full length in over two years. Jim O’Rourke- who’s entire CV would take another entire page to cover- has spent the most of his recent waking hours as the 5th member of Sonic Youth, who, without question, rock.

AND HOW!! Jim’ll rock ya – and once you too have heard Insignificance, there will be no argument about that. And whether the opener “All Down Hill from Here” is a message number of one kind or another, its raucous nature alone pops a hilarious pie in the face of the average O’Rourke followers expectations, don’t it? It’s a red herring too of course. Because in Jim’s hands, the screaming love of rock n’ roll is not “only rock n’ roll”. Instead, Insignificance consists of rock plus: multiple musical allusions, layers of discreet noises, great playing from all the players and, to top it all off, funny pop tunes laced with lyrical arsenic.

Insignificance widens the screen of the O’Rourke sound- along the way, you’ll find riffs that one can truly take for a ride. There’s more than one classic invitation for the lead vocalist to sneer and shout over it all- but of course our Jim prefers instead to murmur and moan quite melodically, to a most- shhh! – sensual effect. There’s a spacious ballad to cool you down, then another one of those sick love songs in the mold of 1999′s EP “Halfway to a Threeway”.

Cut quickly with a skeleton crew after two years of indecision, Insignificance brims with a newfound- we can’t really call it maturity- it’s more like a newfound immaturity actually. The man is finally emancipated, speaking out, and telling it like it is. Which guarantees not just a view to a bleeding heart of love, but also a more flinty soul of scorn. Prettiness – and bitterness- abounds throughout the album. They go together like some loving confection, don’t they??

Players on the album are- Jeff Tweedy (WILCO), Tim Barnes (PULLMAN, SILVER JEWS, BROKEBACK), Glenn Kotche, and Darin Gray, with guest appearances from Rob Mazurek (CHICAGO UNDERGROUND TRIO/DUO etc) Ken Vandermark (OF MANY PROJECTS), and Ken Champion. The art on the cover is by Mimiyo Tomozawa, as on O’Rourke’s previous record Eureka.

On Insignificance, the truth hurts. But you’ll have to admit- Insignificance is a triumph!!