Posts Tagged ‘Kiran Leonard’


Kiran Leonard has signed to Moshi Moshi and shares here the lead single, ‘Pink Fruit’, to be taken from his forthcoming album, ‘Grapefruit’. ‘Pink Fruit’ is the album’s 16 minute long centrepiece and is released as a one-sided etched 12” vinyl single. Sixteen minutes of twisting turning experiment rock music with ditch dirty guitars and all manner of diversions taking in nods to Shellac, Jeff Buckley, Slint and La Monte Young along the way. Bodes very well for upcoming Grapefruit long player.

The first single from Kiran Leonard’s new album ‘Grapefruit’ out on 25th March 2016. Get this track immediately when you pre-order the album, Also available on one-sided limited edition 12″ etched vinyl:

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Although he’s been creating music for a few years now, Kiran Leonard (not to be confused with singer-songwriter Kieran Leonard}, who – coincidentally – was a ‘One To Watch’ for 2015! this year has changed direction somewhat and succeeded in creating his own utterly majestic and unique sound.

Following 2013’s Bowler Hat Soup, it was almost hard to believe that this year’s EP Abandoning Noble Goals was by the same guy. At just 20 years of age, Kiran Leonard has already proved himself to be a wonderfully innovative artist.

After a run of festival dates this summer (including wowing me at Green Man), and plenty of airplay particularly from 6Music’s Marc Riley, Leonard’s most recent single ‘Pink Fruit’ is 16 minutes of angst-driven musical bliss. Oozing a dream-like, emotion-strewn cacophony of sound, it’s reminiscent of underrated ’90s grunge outfit Slint, and flows with an eerie, distorted charm. It’s a stupendous work of art that you really must let your ears devour.

With his new album, Grapefruit, due out in March 2016, I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more of this unique artist in the new year.



“Working People” can, in a sense, be seen as a political song. but the phrase featured in the title has been intriguing me as of late (i’m not the first person to notice this). both of the UK’s main political parties are particularly fond of saying that they represent “Working People”. on the one hand, they might simply be addressing who they claim to be addressing – individuals in work – but it’s also a subtle dismissal of people who don’t work because they are unable to. essentially, it’s an implicit distancing from people who claim benefits. “look at us, we don’t tolerate scroungers”.

This in a sense can be seen as a political song because the verses of the song concern David Clapson. the second anniversary of his death was earlier this month. you might remember the story, it was in the papers a lot a year or so ago – Clapson was a diabetic ex-soldier who worked for 28 years of his life before leaving his job to care for his mother, who was suffering from dementia. when she passed away, he began to seek employment again. he passed a computer training course and completed a forklift truck driving course. however, after missing two job centre appointments, he was subjected to a sanction, and his benefits were cut off completely. eventually he ran out of food and his electricity was cut off, which meant that the fridge where he kept his insulin stopped working. when his body was discovered by his sister, he had £3.44 to his name and no food in his house except an out-of-date tin of sardines, six teabags and a can of soup. his stomach was empty and near his body was a recently printed-out giant stack of CVs. i guess the point i’m trying to make is that if the major parties all become parties just for ‘Working People’, then there’s not going to be anyone to speak for the people who can’t work.

i suppose it is a political song but i wish that it didn’t have to be. that simply saying “more should be done to make sure people don’t die like this” is seen as taking an ideological stance, rather than a demonstration of basic human compassion,

Kiran Leonard performing ‘A Purpose’ for Super Smash Hit Sessions. Kiran Leonard is a singer-songwriter from near Manchester, but another kid busker with a soulful voice he ain’t. Record companies searching for the next Ed Sheeran can probably look away now . One of the tracks on his album, “Bowler Hat Soup” – which isn’t even his debut, despite the fact he’s only 17 – sounds like a hardcore band playing a show tune. Others remind us of Ariel Pink in a tussle with Aphex Twin,  Needless to say, Leonard is more Frank Zappa . “Bowler Hat Soup” includes 16 tracks and features Leonard playing everything bar a swordfish trombone, from the usual piano and guitar to a grill. There are as many ideas as there are instruments , his press release contains more ideas than most records by people twice his age. He describes his album as “a hexadecagonal pseudo-fortress of occasionally caustic and semi-illiterate pop nonsense” and, employing a decidedly regal third-person, “suspects the whole thing is a little schizophrenic and relentless” while tacitly acknowledging the benefits of such qualities. He is “a firm believer in the exponential curve that connects the power and excellence of a show with its number of drummers” and “claims his music is capable of causing uncontrollable bouts of hysteria”.