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Brian Dunne’s Loser on the Ropes is likely one of the sleeper albums of the yr, a set of melodic but punky dissertations on discovering the perseverance to develop previous — if not up. “The Kids Are All Grown,” about dealing with your inside youngster, is a standout, however its sharp association on the album leans extra towards The Cars than the weak vibes Dunne tasks when he performs it dwell.

That didn’t sit proper with the New Yorker, who, whereas in Nashville just a few months in the past, adjourned to Blackbird Studios to rerecord “The Kids Are All Grown.” With concord vocals from Caitlin Rose (who dropped her first album in a decade final yr with the triumphant Cazimi), the track now hit Dunne’s mark.

“’The Kids Are All Grown’ is my favourite track off the Loser on the Ropes document and one which has advanced in its private that means for me since I wrote it. Humans are at all times resistant to alter, however I’m fairly assured that I’m probably the most resistant,” he says. “It’s primarily a track about how my incapacity to simply accept change might be only a extra subdued model of a childhood mood tantrum on the boardwalk. I don’t wish to go dwelling, I don’t wish to develop up.”

Dunne is an skilled at probing the luggage that comes together with maturity — particularly, duty. Listen to “Nobody’s Coming to Get You,” a track he co-wrote and sings for Fantastic Cat

, the (principally) masked-and-anonymous feline supergroup that counts Dunne as a member. In that observe, he daydreams in regards to the time when he was only a mere passenger in the backseat of his mother’s automobile, watching the world go by.

In the brand new model of “The Kids Are All Grown,” he wonders if he’s already missed it. “Did I fuck up my life? Did I spoil the evening?/Can I flip it round from right here?” he sings earlier than Rose comes in together with her angelic harmonies.


“I wished to chop a barely extra tender model after the LP got here out, to shine a highlight on the lyric,” Dunne says. “I requested Caitlin to come back down and sing it with me. She has a kind of unmistakable voices and I used to be actually glad she let me borrow it for this track as a result of she is a pleasant particular person and since I paid her quite a bit of cash.”

Dunne is at the moment on the highway with Fantastic Cat, opening a brand new run of reveals for Low Cut Connie. Both he and the Cats will play choose showcases at AmericanaFest in Nashville later this month earlier than Dunn embarks on a solo tour of the Netherlands, the place he had shock success with the 2021 track “New Tattoo.”

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