Mark Sinnis | Into an Unhidden Future

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Into an Unhidden Future

by Mark Sinnis

Dark, brooding, melodic Americana from the man who brought you Ninth House. (contains 19 songs)
Genre: Country: Alt-Country
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1. Aerosol
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2. Perfect Wrong
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3. Mystery Called Life
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4. Innocence Lost
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5. Waiting for the Train
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6. The Choice I Found in Fate
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7. Five Days
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8. That's Why I Won't Love You
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9. When the Sun Bows to the Moon
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10. Into an Unhidden Future
3:28 $0.99
11. Put a Stake Right Through It
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12. The Room Filled Beyond Your Door
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13. It Takes Me Home
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14. Nobody Knows
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15. Mistaken for Love
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16. Into a Dream
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17. Where it All Ends
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18. Passing Time
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19. All Flows Into
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Album Notes
"The debut solo album from the ominous Ninth House singer/bassist is a remarkably stark, terse collection of mostly acoustic songs including a small handful he’s played with the band. Sinnis proves he’s one of this era’s great Americana song stylists: he can croon with anyone. Vocally, this is an unabashedly romantic album, even given the bitter intensity of many of the songs. Most of them are simply Sinnis’ acoustic guitar and vocals, sometimes sparsely embellished with simple, eerily reverberating electric guitar lines from guitarist Sara Landeau, as well as gospel-tinged piano by keyboardist Matt Dundas, violin and cello from Susan Mitchell and lapsteel by Lenny Molotov. This is a kinder, gentler Mark Sinnis.

Sinnis’ dark, rich baritone is a potent instrument, whether roaring over the tumult of Ninth House or delivering with considerably more subtlety as he does here. Johnny Cash is the obvious influence, but there are also tinges of Roy Orbison on the understatedly bitter That’s Why I Won’t Love You, and even Elvis Presley circa His Hand in Mine on the austere ballad The Choice I Found in Fate. Sinnis’ lyrics are crystalline and polished: he doesn’t waste words; his melodies are deceptively simple and run through your head when you least expect them...

This CD works on so many levels: as singer-songwriter album, as sultry country crooner album (get this for your girlfriend, or someone you would like to be your girlfriend), as well as a fascinating look at an unexpected side of one of today’s finest songwriters."

-- Lucid Culture, February 2008



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Urban Folk

Mark Sinnis- Into An Unhidden Future
Mark Sinnis, the former leader of the Apostates and current leader of Ninth House, has released his first solo album, featuring 20 years of greatest misses, songs that didn’t work for either of his bands. It’s called Into and Unhidden Future, also the name of one of the multitude of songs on the album.

I wish I could get a handle on this guy. I feel like something’s missing from my understanding. Sinnis’ debut solo album is 19 songs long – 19! – Though the cowboy goth Ninth House released a full-length just last year, and he’s their songwriter. Boy’s got a lot to say, I guess. A complete set of lyrics resides on, and there are like a shitload of songs. But, within all this material, is Sinnis saying something? I think so. The first line of the album is “nine times seven is sixty-three, there’s nothing wrong; it was meant to be, aerosol, I’ll figure it out by myself.”

I can see the math being a Dylanesque joke, but not in line one of song one. Placed thusly, it’s got to be significant, but how? The man’s band is Ninth House; could they have produced 7 albums and 63 songs? Was Sinnis born in ’63? Is this some oblique reference to the assassination of JFK? Lenny Molotov appears on the album, and he writes songs about JFK…

“Aerosol”’s wordy mouthful of a chorus, “you’re lost I found it/can’t convince me I was saying…I’m inside, I’m lying here/I saw you, are you yourself?” suggests intellect and lyrical intent, but I haven’t quite decoded it. What I have decoded is the value of Sinnis’ singing; it’s great. His voice is clear, strong, flexible and subtle. These are minimal acoustic numbers (though a plethora of guests other than Molotov make appearances).

The website for Ninth House explains their name: The ninth of twelve houses in astrology focuses on higher learning and the ability to extend our minds. This house holds clues to our spiritual growth, and is commonly referred to as the House of Philosophy. The Ninth House reminds us that we are on a voyage of self-discovery, and concerns itself with the search for wisdom and knowledge. The Ninth House represents our lifelong struggle to find out what we believe about the world, God, man and life… Pretty new agey. Posters for shows and venues suggest that there’s a horror rock connection, and his voice sounds like psychobilly isn’t too far in his past.

Among this score of songs are some pretty impressive tracks. My favorite: “When the Sun Bows to the Moon,” with a rhythmic multi-instrumental track that rhymes more than most of the release, and sounds simply beautiful. With lines like, “What’s less is more/crawl into/when the sun bows to the moon,” I think he’s most interested in painting a picture, combining the poetic with the mundane. In “Waiting for the Train,” Sinnis presents rich emotional delivery while detailing redundancy: “Follow me, release me through the blackened night/take the train through the blackened night/I’m waiting for, waiting for the train, waiting for the train, yea.” This is another track where Sinnis eschews traditional rhyme schemes. There is a consistent scansion throughout the album, but few actual rhymes. “I don’t like when things rhyme too much,” Sinnis explained, “because then it sounds contrived.”

Another train song, “It Takes Me Home,” seems to reference lots of country and folk trops. Home is the other side, you see, on a train that’s sixteen coaches long. “I like a lot of old school country,” stated Sinnis.

“That’s Why I Won’t Love You” presents the aching hurt of the narrator, but it’s almost a spiritual act, where he refuses to get emotionally involved with anything. True story? Sinnis said, “99% of my lyrics are autobiographical. I write about my life. Everything has been a personal experience. It keeps it honest.”

“You can still say something deep and profound and have it be intelligent without dumbing it down. I want songs to be a little bit of a riddle.”

Mission accomplished, Sir. I don’t think I understand what makes this Mark Sinnis guy tick, just yet, but I’m gonna keep trying.

Steven Ross

The new Johnny Cash!
I found Mark Sinnis on myspace, and I am so happy I did. What a great voice. The songs are simple and the story telling sincere. Very reminiscent of "The man in black". The torch has been passed!

Lithium Radio

Mark Sinnis - Into An Unhidden Future
Mark Sinnis is the front man for the band Ninth House, Into An Unhidden Future is his solo project that came out after the latest Ninth House album, Realize and it's Gone (or maybe it was right before, I can't remember), I've been following Mark and Ninth House for a few years now, the one thing I can say with 100% certainty is that Mark Sinnis is one of those few true musicians, I think if he wasn't writing and making music he would cease to exist, I'm sure he has a life outside of music, I'm just saying this is what he was born to do.

If you go to listen to the album looking for something like Ninth House then you might be a little disappointed, Into An Unhidden Future is a completely different animal, this album is a little bit John Meyer and a little bit Johnny Cash, it's not as dark as I thought it would be though, it's more along the lines of what I would expect from a indie singer song writer, but then again that's what he is, right?

All in all this is a pretty good album, I liked listening to the album, I mean, there wasn't a song that I thought was horrible, they were all pretty good. I'm a big fan of Mark's music, song writing ability and his band Ninth House. When I heard he was putting out a solo album I was a little bit apprehensive about buying the album, but he delivered a kick ass album worth listening to. So...go listen to it.

Rebel Spirit Music

Mark Sinnis - Into An Unhidden Future
Taken at face value, ‘Into an Unhidden Future’ is an unquestionably fine country album offering from Mark Sinnis - a veteran of the New York music scene. Setting it apart from other generic western albums, however, is the gorgeous, gothic undertones that plague each of the album’s nineteen songs - something not done so well since Johnny Cash’s ‘American Recordings’ series. Sinnis’ enigmatic vocal incorporates the gritty hostility of Cash as well as the refined power of REM’s Michael Stipe culminating in an album of integrity and depth.

Years of endeavour have rewarded Sinnis with an enviable talent for producing lyrics of resonance and ferocity. He writes with an inspiring sense of confidence on this record and messages of significance can be found in each of the wonderfully-arranged compositions. In ‘Waiting For The Train’ he shares feelings of despair and his desperate longing to be saved (Nightime, and I’m waiting for your call / I don’t care about the future, I see nothing there at all / I look back and wonder, wonder what for? / Don’t think about tomorrow there’s nothing there for me).

A true master of emotive performance, Sinnis pummels his way through the beautiful ‘When The Sun Bows To The Moon’ highlighting a need for inner-strength in the face of personal adversity (Light, it falls down on my face / And it fills the frown / That I can’t replace / It holds me tight and it won’t let go / But you cannot fear what you can’t control).

‘Into an Unhidden Future’ is a demanding LP offering from Mark Sinnis, one that - by bravely fusing both Americana and Gothic influences - looks set to deservedly win scores of new fans across the country.