MusicDish e-Journal - March 19, 2018
MusicDish Advertising Network
Search MusicDish e-Journal (Advanced)
Subscribe To MusicDish e-Journal
About | Contact | Advertise | RSS | Submit Article | Submit News | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution
Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network

Arms of Kismet -- Alchemist of Postmodern Pop
By MuzikMan
(more articles from this author)
Comment | Email | Print | RSS

Arms of Kismet's exciting new release Eponymous is a dark, satirical, humorous and sincere exploration of the richness of human emotion. Pent up inside it is a tidal wave of feeling that comes rushing out in a crashing surf of rock, alternative and pop.

Mark Doyon, aka Arms of Kismet (, gives an outstanding performance, drawing on a variety of inspired influences. His distinctive vocals, accompanied by tightly arranged, rock/pop-flavored guitar, bass, organ and piano, are reminiscent at times of Dylan, but with more feeling and polish.

Streaming MP3: "Karma Never Forgets"

"Playing live, I strip the songs down to their basics and make it about the vocals."

Doyon was raised in Northern Virginia by parents who supported his obsession with tape recorders, guitars and amplifiers. By the tender age of 14, he was creating rudimentary multitrack recordings by using a portable cassette player to capture acoustic guitar and playing it back while singing along to a second recorder. While the process was, in his words, 'incredibly cheesy,' the act of combining musical elements to create a whole was a revelation to the budding young talent.

In addition to experimenting with equipment, Doyon discovered vintage British rock such as the Beatles, Who, Kinks, Clash and Jam, prompting him to cover their tunes in bands during high school. He also took lessons from a country musician who taught him to love acoustic guitar. "I used that to create my own style and records," he said. "The '90s stuff (Wampeters) is still around."

Streaming MP3: "Beautiful Career"

"When something starts rattling around inside me, I just chase after it."

When asked what kind of equipment he used live and on Eponymous, Doyon explained, "Although the CD has a full-band sound, I like to keep things simple when I play live: just me and an amplified acoustic guitar. I like doing completely different versions of songs live and on record. On the CD, I used a half-dozen different guitars, pianos, organs, samples and loops. I arranged each song differently, but stuck to a vocabulary as far as the instrumentation went. Playing live, I strip the songs down to their basics and make it about the vocals."

This disparity is reflected in memorable songs from the new album. "When something starts rattling around inside me, I just chase after it. I don't necessarily know at first why it's there, or what I have to say about it. I just pursue it. I try not to be overly conscious of the process while it's going on.

Streaming MP3: "Hang"

"'Karma Never Forgets' is a song about poetic justice, about how actions come back to haunt or reward you in unexpected ways.
'Beautiful Career' is a playful poke at a singer-songwriter, somebody who could be me or could be somebody else. It's about a writer who puts himself before the song, which is always a bad idea.
'Are You My God' is about being accountable for who you are and what you do, and not casting yourself as some existential victim. We have ourselves to thank and ourselves to blame.

"I write more universally than personally. Songs have different meanings to different people. I draw from personal experience, but the songs are not about me, really. They're about everybody."

Streaming MP3: "Cuckold of Titan"

More on Arms of Kismet
* Genre: Postmodern Pop/Rock & Roll
* Website:
* Record Label: Wampus Multimedia
* Buy "Eponymous" CD
* Contact Mark Doyon

As to the origin of the name Arms of Kismet, Doyon said, "I think of how fate holds you close, of how it doesn't let you float away unless you try to break free of it. I also think of 'arms' as weapons of kismet, of providence -- the idea that what goes around comes around. We all get ours."

Arms of Kismet on Tour
April 1 - Roanoke, VA
April 2 - Knoxville, TN
April 3 - Atlanta, GA
April 5 - Charleston, SC
April 6 - Charlotte, NC
April 7 - Chapel Hill, NC
April 8 - Richmond, VA
April 12 - Philadelphia, PA
April 13 - Williamsport, PA
April 14 - New York, NY
April 15 - Boston, MA
April 16 - Providence, RI
April 17 - New Haven, CT
April 19 - Baltimore, MD

So who influenced this eclectic artist? Bob Dylan, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Davies, Beck, Dan Bern, Aimee Mann, Neil Young, Lou Reed, Jonathan Richman, Graham Parker... all writers with a keen eye for detail about the human condition, who put real emotion into what they do.

Streaming MP3: "Are You My God"

Doyon put it this way: "The CD looks at what it's like to be born and not know why, what it's like to know death awaits but not when it's going to show up. Shifting gears between Americana, hip-hop and pop, it's got a sort of warm, analog vibe that sounds as natural in a coffeehouse as it does on a car radio."

And that runs the gamut for this listener!

Home » Music Spotlight » Arms of Kismet -- Alchemist of Postmodern Pop
Email |Print |Comment |RSS

back | top

MusicDish Advertising Network

Music Spotlight

» Round Hill Music And Zync Sign Madge To Joint Venture

» YG PLUS and Gracenote to Bring K-POP to Fans around the World

» Lithuanian Band Grabs Bronze at the Silk Road Indie Music Festival 2017

» HBC Fall Festival Celebrates 12 years of HBC Fest

» youbloom Announces 2017 LA Music Festival

Music Spotlight Directory

» [2018-03-09] Round Hill Music And Zync Sign Madge To Joint Venture; JV Publishing Venture To Support And Expand Zync's Successful Rights Representation Business

» [2018-03-03] PPL And PRS For Music Launch Licensing Joint Venture; Licensing Of Music Played In Public Now Administered By New Leicester-based Joint Venture, PPL PRS Ltd

» [2018-02-27] Music Festivals And Conferences Pledge To Tackle Gender Inequality; Keychange Initiative Encourages Gender Balance In Music By End Of 2022

» [2018-02-21] Briony Turner And Alec Boateng Promoted To Co-Heads Of A&R, Atlantic Records UK; Turner And Boateng Will Oversee The Atlantic A&R Team, Joint Projects, As Well As Maintaining Their Own Artist Rosters

» [2018-02-21] ICE And Facebook Reach Multi-Territory Music Licensing Agreement; New Deal Will See Songwriters And Composers Remunerated

» [2018-02-20] B-Reel Named Top 10 Most Innovative Company In Music By Fast Company; Global Creative Agency Receives Honor For Its Award-Winning Gorillaz Campaign

» [2018-02-18] YG PLUS And Gracenote To Bring K-POP To Fans Around The World; Gracenote And YG PLUS To Make All K-POP Music More Searchable And Discoverable On Global And Regional Streaming Music Platforms And Services

» [2018-02-17] VNUE Inc. To Acquire Music Rights Startup Soundstr; VNUE Acquisition Aims To Ensure A Fairer Royalty System

» [2018-02-17] Is Podcasting The New Radio?; 25% Of Surveyed Americans Say They've Listened To A Podcast In The Past Month, Up From Less Than 10% In 2008

» [2018-02-01] Insomniac Announces Inaugural Electric Daisy Carnival China Set To Debut In Shanghai; China Marks EDC's Second Location On The Asian Continent

» [2018-02-01] Viberate & Imogen Heap Strive To Give Equal Opportunity To Every Artist; Heap's Main Role In Viberate's Advisory Team Will Be To Help Further Guide Us Toward A Second To None Service For The Live Music Segment

» [2018-01-22] Italian Independent Music Collective Fil1993 Group Signs With MusicDish*China; MusicDish*China Will Be Developing Their Online Presence And Social Media In China As Well As Releasing Their Catalogue To Chinese Streaming Music Services
MusicDish Advertising Network

follow MusicDish on
Follow MusicDish on Twitter

Mi2N Music PR

Recording Artist Tiffani LeBlanc Reigns As The #PartyPrincess With New Track "Let's Party"

Hybrid Studios Hosts Annual NAMM Afterparty

High Definition Music Card - The New Way To Experience Music!

DEATH BY MISADVENTURE, New True Mystery Podcast Launches 31st January 2018

Music And Kids Joins Forces With Carnie Wilson, With Plans To Provide One-on-One After-School Music Education To Thousands Of Middle And High School Students

Don Dawil's Valentine's Day Debut Latin Single "Necesito Verte"

Taking Applications - The 23rd Annual USA Songwriting Competition

Websites: Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network
Services: Submit Article | Submit News | Submit Video | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution

Copyright © 1997-2018 MusicDish LLC., all rights reserved.
About MusicDish e-Journal | Contact Us | Advertise | RSS | Internships