Kiran Leonard has shared a new track which is lifted from his brand new album Western Culture, released 19th October 2018 on Moshi Moshi. Leonard brings the new record to The Portland Arms next month (Oct 23rd) and tickets are available here.
New single “Unreflective Life”, intended as a counterpoint to what he feels is a total misunderstanding of the way we use the internet. The song rails against trite clichés associated with the web: zombie-like scrolling automatons, rampant narcissists, and so on.
“The internet is not about total self-absorption, or attracting users to look in our direction,” says Leonard. “It is a complete paralysis, a disarticulation of the self which is caused by the act of looking outwards and being subsumed by the vastness of the violence we witness. Remember that Narcissus saw nothing beyond his reflection in the lake; the user of computers instead perceives every particle of dust suspended in the water and so loses sight of themselves.”
“Unreflective Life” follows the success of the BBC Radio 6 Music-playlisted lead single “Paralysed Force”. New album Western Culture marks a huge sonic progression due, in part, to the involvement of his venerable live band (Andrew Cheetham on drums, Dave Rowe on bass, Dan Bridgewood-Hill on guitar, synth and violin) on record for the first time. It is also the first Kiran Leonard album to have been made in a professional studio.
“It was nice not having to spend 2+ years recording an LP in drips in my front room,” says Leonard. “It was mostly smashed out over nine days or so makes it a lot more focused than my long-ass records usually are. I think it’s both more accessible and more peculiar than my other records. There’s a nice Bon Jovi solo at the end of the seventh track “Unreflective Life”.”
Kiran Leonard is a 22 year old musician from Saddleworth, Greater Manchester. Debut album proper Bowler Hat Soup (2014) and follow-up Grapefruit (2016) were both recorded at home, with Kiran playing virtually every instrument himself. Dervaun Seraun (2017), a concept album in five movements inspired by five pieces of literature and arranged for piano, strings and voice, was an ambitious departure from his usual sound.
Leonard has also just announced a headline show at London’s MOTH Club on 27th November. This is a new addition to a weighty UK and Ireland headline tour in October / November. Please read on for a full list of tourdates, as well as Kiran’s complete statement on Western Culture and its influences.
Kiran Leonard UK & Ireland tour
20 Oct – Oxford, Ritual Union
22 Oct – Leicester, Cookie
23 Oct – Cambridge, Portland Arms
24 Oct – Guildford, Boileroom
25 Oct – York, Crescent
26 Oct – Huddersfield, Parish
27 Oct – Stockton, Georgian Theatre
21 Nov – Galway, Roisin Dubh
22 Nov – Dublin, Whelans
23 Nov – Limerick, Kasbah Social
24 Nov – Cork, Cyprus Avenue
26 Nov – Brighton, Green Door Store
27 Nov – London, MOTH Club
28 Nov – Manchester, Soup Kitchen
29 Nov – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
30 Nov – Glasgow, Hug & Pint
01 Dec – Newcastle, Cumberland Arms
03 Dec – Norwich, Arts Centre
04 Dec – Bristol, Rough Trade
05 Dec – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach