Joan of Arc released their new single “Karma Repair Kit” from the band’s forthcoming final album, Tim Melina Theo Bobby, out on December 4th via Joyful Noise Recordings.
Written by Tim Kinsella, the track blends gentle acoustics with a drum machine beat and glitchy arrangements. Its visual by Bobby Burg features a masked graffiti tagger tracing its lyrics across Chicago. “‘Karma Repair Kit’ is named in tribute to a very simple Richard Brautigan poem I've had unintentionally memorized since I was a teenager,” Kinsella explains. “This song was tricky to balance thanks to the different elements that each carry contradictory signifying baggage--one degree too far this way or that way, and we're suddenly bobbling our version of Wilco or Lenny Kravitz.”
Written and recorded by the band (Kinsella, Ausikaitis, Burg, and Theo Katsaounis), and featuring frequent collaborators Jeremy Boyle, Jenny Pulse, Nate Kinsella, and Todd Mattei, Joan of Arc’s final bow ends a legendary 25-year career and was made knowing that this would be the group’s last. Writer and poet Hanif Abdurraqib is a witness to the Joan of Arc experience, writing in tribute, “if one listens closely enough on this album, you hear the evolution of a set of musicians, who still have so much to offer the world, even if it isn’t in this container that some of us have gotten used to hearing them in; as Good Fuck, the duo of Tim Kinsella and Jenny Pulse, or Aitis Band, the project of Melina Ausikaitis, Theo Katsaounis, and Bobby Burg. There’s a dexterity, a calm, and a maturity to the sounds running through this album that have me excited to see whatever is on the horizon.”