Sun Kin AKA: Kabir Kumar, who was born in Mumbai, India and brought up moving between five different countries to end up in the Bay Area. His nomadic upbringing informs the way Sun Kin works as a band, with a revolving door lineup that includes musicians from other Bay Area bands like Everyone is Dirty, False Priest, Seemway & Fieldress. Sun Kin was formed in Berkeley, CA circa 2011, after Kabir’s move from NYC to the Bay, and has released two full length albums (Good Feels (2012) and Moon for Days (2016)) as well as a split album with Brooklyn’s Miserable Chillers (Adoration Room (2018). Today, Sun Kin has shared the touching single “Moon Crane,” Ahead of his forthcoming release Private Time, scheduled to be released in 2020.
Sun Kin on “Moon Crane:”
“Moon-Crane” tells the story of my dad RP and his disabled big brother Bobby, who passed away in July of 2018. For more than six years after the passing of my Dada (paternal grandfather), my dad would fly back and forth from New York to New Delhi to take care of Bobby as his condition worsened. The song explores the immigrant feeling of living worlds away from family, the guilt and defeat of watching a loved one’s motivation to live slip away, and my own hope that I’ll someday be capable of that degree of devotion.
Sun Kin recorded basic tracks for Private Time at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone studio in Oakland. They then worked on overdubs at Geoff’s Itinerant Home Recordings studio in Fruitvale, collaborating with other members of the Oakland indie pop scene and recording vocal harmonies from Little Arcs, Sucker Crush & Fieldress, as well as saxophone dubs by Tiny Telephone engineer Adam Hirsch (Abe Hollow)
12/19 – The Golden Bull (Oakland),
1/17 – Starline Social Club (Oakland)
1/18 – The Factory (LA)