After years of migrating between indie rock bands and solo acoustic projects, There Is No Sin’s Troy Keiper spent 2008 recording a number of late-night studio sessions in four different locations. Lyrically, it seems like a concept album. Each song is tied together by the unfashioned performances, many of which are captured first takes.
Like vignettes, these songs often clock in at punk rock lengths; telling abstract parts of a story in two minutes. Listeners have likened the tracks to Iron & Wine, Elliott Smith, the Mountain Goats or Bright Eyes, but it’s not easy to pigeonhole this music. It’s a completely different beast.
Check out Margaret Lyon’s interview with Troy here. What makes it funny, is that they thought they could pull off the interview without humor. Didn’t work on that level, luckily it served for good entertainment.