Pinpoint – 6308
Wait a minute, just give me, give me, give me a break a second.
– Todd Rundgren, album version of ‘Hello It’s Me’
Everyone needs a break. From love, from life, from the bassist who won’t play the three-note pickup of the intro. But when you are the player of every instrument in the multi-track, overdubbed, free-form jam that runs in your head on a continuous loop, then getting a break from the bassist may require a special intervention by the producer who, unfortunately, is also you.
In ‘6308,’ Pinpoint addresses the voices that live in the backs of our heads, the ones that keep us up late at night and greet us each morning, standing at the foot of our bed, grinning with the knowledge that they know exactly what we are thinking. If the voices in your head are your favorite drinking buddies, then you will never get a day to yourself.
‘6308’ is more suite than song, a series of interpolations on a simple but enticing theme. The track alternates between quiet murmurs and emphatic entreaties, creating a shifting landscape using a minimalistic instrumental palette. The star of the show is Pinpoint’s voice, which commands a wide dynamic and emotional range. ‘6308’ is the good kind of emo: a human addressing the human condition with equal parts frustration and resolve.
Pinpoint is Mitchel Kelsey, a Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist (ukulele, guitar, bass, piano, french horn, clarinet, trombone, trumpet, and mellophone) and singer-songwriter. ‘6308’ is their first single, from an EP to be released later this year. The track’s title refers to the address of a house in which Pinpoint experienced the mental synclines that are contoured by the song’s lyrics. If ‘6308’ is an indicator, then Pinpoint’s future is worth watching, as long as those Head Voices provide just enough input to keep things interesting without demanding that their monitors be turned up louder than the lead singer’s.
You can support deserving independent musicians like Pinpoint by visiting their Bandcamp page, listening to their songs, and downloading your favorite tracks. So far it’s just the one single, but it never hurts to get an early start. And be sure to follow Pinpoint on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Spotify, and iTunes.