KIRAN LEONARD – ” Trespass on Foot “

Posted: January 19, 2022 in MUSIC
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 A long record in two parts that I slowly pieced together between 2016 and 2019 First disc (tracks 1-5) is me alone, all voices, electric guitars and sound collage, long droning meandering songs but songs nevertheless, Second disc (tracks 6-16) is with friends, group work (strings, woodwind, singing), and more acoustic and sparser, overall the songs are shorter too No drums (well, few drums)

Although it’s not the central feature of his music, Kiran Leonard has quite a range. The U.K.-based singer/songwriter has been releasing music since his early teens, playing dozens of instruments in the process and boasting a discography that spans art-folk, ambient, prog, jazz, psych-rock, pop and noise music. More than most artists’, his music rests on the nuances of vibrations and tones, and the relationships between chords—you get a sense that he views music as delicate chemical reactions, capable of triggering infinite shades of emotion. Stylistic versatility is not the main attraction, but rather a means to an intangible creative end. His most recent LP, 2018’s “Western Culture“, is an album I return to frequently. Despite being slightly more conventional by his own left-field standards, the record feels like a boundless sea of inspiration. His lyricism utilizes an old-world, literary lens to diagnose the political and societal failures of today, and his melodies fluctuate in spellbinding fashion. Admittedly, his latest project “Trespass on Foot” will require more of your attention than “Western Culture”, but it’s worth the mental and emotional investment.

The album consists of two parts, with the first accounting for tracks 1-5, and the second for tracks 6-16. Leonard describes part one as “long droning meandering songs but songs nevertheless,” while part two is marked by a more reined-in, acoustic sound, and was made with friends who lent strings, clarinet and vocals. Both showcase his knack for ambient folk warmth and offbeat art-rock motifs, and his ability to mangle his own songcraft to satisfying effect. As previously mentioned in this column, “Sights Past” is one of the best and most affecting songs I’ve heard this year. Throughout its 17-minute runtime, it traverses a wide array of vague, yet artfully described concepts—shame, vulnerability, identity, belonging and memory—but what’s most impressive is the way it breaks you down with precise, aching melancholia before surrendering to uncontrollably passionate angst, effectively sewing you back together.

A record about the home that was made across homes, ones I’ve lived in and the homes of friends, Real home record

For Jonas Mekas

Releases September 16th, 2021

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