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Eponymous

by Arms of Kismet

Literate and insidiously catchy, Arms of Kismet is postmodern pop for the savvy, ironic streetcrawler.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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1. Karma Never Forgets
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2. Beautiful Career
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3. Alive and Awake
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4. Sail Seven
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5. Hang
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6. Cuckold of Titan
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7. Foldback
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8. Standby
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9. Are You My God
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10. Sepia Eyes
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Eponymous is the debut CD from Arms of Kismet. Featuring ten slices of sincere irony, Eponymous drops echoes of Beck, Freedy Johnston, Bob Dylan, Aimee Mann, David Lowery and a gaggle of other great songwriters into a Waring blender... and reconstitutes them as something fresh and new.

From fractured Americana ("Cuckold of Titan," "Sepia Eyes") to beatbox hip-pop ("Karma Never Forgets," "Beautiful Career," "Standby"), Arms of Kismet paints new and abandoned genres in shades bright, soft and psychedelic. From updated '60s melodicism ("Hang," "Foldback") to new-breed alternative rock ("Are You My God," "Alive and Awake," "Sail Seven"), Eponymous is a canny synthesis of styles, a neo-"singer-songwriter" album more adventurous than confessional.

Written and produced by Mark Doyon (who released three CDs in the 1990s as Wampeters) and mastered by Jon Astley (Tori Amos, Jools Holland, Pete Townshend), Eponymous mines existential terrain. Blending traditional instrumentation with atmospherics, samples and blips, it considers what it's like to be born and not know why, what it's like to know death awaits but not the hour of its arrival. Pitching a tent between the camps of Americana, hip-hop and classic rock, it summons a warm, analog vibe that sounds as natural in a coffeehouse as it does on a car radio.

It makes for toe-tapping, tragicomic rock 'n' roll.

Doyon, who published a book of fiction, Bonneville Stories, in 2001, thinks of Eponymous like a collection of short stories. "Songs speak in a more emotional way, maybe, but they're still stories with characters and plot and a point of view. They're compact fables."

Eponymous features Washington, D.C. indie-scene denizens Kowtow Popof (Eat My Dust), The Crowd Scene (Turn Left at Greenland), Janna Audey, Rob Santos, Eamon Loftus, Scott Goodrick and others.

ON THE RADIO
Radio Promotion by Notorious Radio, NYC

IN THE MEDIA
Publicity by Wampus Multimedia and MusicDish

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"Eponymous is a classic, one of the first great discs of 2004." --Groovevolt.com

"Eponymous brims with an off-kilter wisdom and warped melodies, a treasure-trove of idiosyncratic rock and roll that will make you smile when it isn't busy making you think. More than just a collection of songs, this disc marks the coming of age of an original voice, and is not to be missed." --Jason Warburg, The Daily Vault

"Inspired song structure, thematic consistency and depth, excellent instrumentation, original and compelling lyrics, the human touch, rock tradition, songwriting superiority, vocal harmony, ironic smiles, America, sadness, beauty, and an enveloping sense of personal involvement and connection.... Anyone who likes Smog, P.J. Harvey, Dylan, Tom Petty, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, or any of the songwriting greats, will love this.... Wampus must now be one of the strongest indie labels in the country." --Fleabomb.com

"Eclectic is the first word that bursts into the brain as you listen to this adventurous work that dares to steer a bit left of the norm. The CD is as unique as it is refreshing, blending some dance backbeats, adult alternative grooves, and a twist of roots pop to complete the enjoyable cocktail. The vocals are delivered with a surprising gentleness and charisma, a wonderful example of what can happen when you cut across the grain and dare to be a bit different.... A valiant effort to help get pop music out of the rut it seems to be in lately, but Arms of Kismet treks through without even spinning the tires." --Rikks Revues

"Mark Doyon writes wry and intelligent songs about life, religion, and the ongoing pursuit of happiness. This collection of singular pop tunes includes one absolute classic (the powerful 'Are You My God') and several others ('Cuckold of Titan,' 'Sepia Eyes') that are nearly as good. Recommended for those who like their pop with a twist." --Norman Famous' Reviews

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Laura T Lynch of Kweevak.com

Modern Alchemy!
Arms of Kismet blends a variety of genres to create postmodern pop. Each song has a different vibe and arrangements that fluctuate from rock, to Americana, to alternative, to psychedelic to hip-hop. Mark uses traditional instrumentation mixed with samples and other cool sound effects. The results are contemporary compositions with classic rock quality. Mark writes savvy insightful lyrics and uses a variety of vocal inflections to give each song a unique character and tone. The CD starts off strong with 'Karma Never Forgets' which melds a hip beat with haunting keys and guitar accents. The lyrics are intelligent and the hook line dreamy. It is followed by 'Beautiful Career' which has a catchy techno feel and an abrupt end. 'Alive and Awake' has a Dylan vibe vocally and lyrically, yet it has modern instrumentation and intriguing effects. The song just grabs and holds you with its groove and words. Although I favored the first three songs, the CD as a whole is appealing demonstrating that Arms of Kismet is a modern musical alchemist!
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alan

buy it or eat dirt!
Eponymous is an eclectic mix of songs, but it's underpinned by a consistency of tone that makes it a joy to listen to again and again. The arrangements are bright and interesting, with shades of Beck in several tracks. Outstanding songs are Karma, Cuckold, My God, Sepia Eyes, but they all work. Highly recommended.
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Elliott Golder

Arms of Kismet: "Eponymous:" An Incredible CD
An Incredible CD, 10 Songs where art equals life at the interior, synaptic level. Rushes of Memory. Hints of the Future. Powerful melodies, sweeping instrumentation, and an inspired, remarkable Lyric. Karma Never Forgets.
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Wombatz2003

"Eponymous" Kicks Ass
What a ride! Arms of Kismet "Eponymous" kicks complete and total ass from Track 1 to Track 10. Beautiful, rocking, lyrical, substantive, GREAT MUSIC. Track 1: "Karma Never Forgets" - EVERY act, is an act of consquence. 2: "Beautiful Career" - Beware of becoming the sum of only your unfortunate parts. 3: "Alive and Awake" - Drive to freedom, LIVING every minute. 4: "Sail Seven" - We are a species of explorers, attached to couchs 5: "Hang" - Forget your artifice, have the courage to challenge yourself with the truth 6: "Cuckold of Titan" - the Throne of the Mind can sometimes even fail the greatest intellect 7: "Foldback" - Every nanosecond moment is a blend of past, present, and impending future 8: "Standby" - the "Livelihood of Loyalty" can sustain us 9: "Are You My God" - Finding big "R" Religion, amidst all the smaller "religions" surrounding us 10: "Sepia Eyes" - TRUE LOVE, stops time

A wonderful, wonderful CD.
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Arms of Kismet

Never boring or repetitive--each song fresh and mentally engaging
Great CD, especially Brilliant Career and Standby. Full of surprises and listens like a physical journey.
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Joediecast

Genius, the record we would make if losers like us could make records.
Covers all the bases from Rock to Folk to Hip-hop and back again. Just try to pry it out of your CD player.
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Cindy

Very original...loved it.
I first heard this artist on a web radio station...I thought, "Wow, who does this remind me of?" Interestingly enough, it wasn't just one artist but many, or none, that original in works. I must say I was drawn to the song "Sepia Eyes" and had to have the CD for that reason...you won't be disappointed, look forward to more!
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Bruce Lomet (CHINASKI)

A Tidal Wave of FEELING
On "Eponymous", Arms of Kismet combines the dark & satirical elements of Dylan, with the polish, humor, and tight arrangements of The Kinks. Pent up inside it is a tidal wave of feeling that comes rushing out in a crashing surf of rock, alternative and pop. Stand out songs include 'Karma Never Forgets' which is about how actions come back to haunt or reward you in unexpected ways, and 'Are You My God' about being accountable for who you are and what you do. Songwriter Doyen has a keen eye for details about the human condition and puts his musings into a very sweet package.
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