New Album Grapefruit Out March 25th 2016 Via Moshi Moshi.
Oldham wunderkind Kiran Leonard has shared 16 minute new single ‘Pink Fruit’, announced his new album Grapefruit, and a UK tour for early January. Phew. ‘Pink Fruit’ will be released on limited edition 7″ on Febraury 12th 2016. It’s an ambitious beast. It draws on disparate influences such as early 70s prog, mid 90s alternative rock, post rock meanderings, sound collages, and math rock. All in all, an imposing and confident amalgam. We caught him live last year at The Barfly and were blown away. If you get a catch to see him, make it happen.
Leonard had this to say about ‘Pink Fruit’ and what influenced it, “deerhoof; shellac; dirty projectors’ “the getty address”; vasco da gama (RIP); enablers; death sentence: panda!; the end of “eraserhead” where [spoiler] the baby dies and the whole of henry’s apartment fills with mashed potato; set design and costumes in alan bennett’s “the madness of king george iii”; a lack of professional percussion equipment (seriously, anybody who’s ever bought a cabasa is a fool of a took: just wrap a piece of sandpaper round a block of wood and scratch the surface with a washing-up brush. it’s exactly the same noise); warren ellis’ 4-string guitar playing on grinderman’s disgustingly underrated second album “grinderman 2” (which for my money is the best album nick cave’s ever been a part of); old friends & new; contrasts & the past & the future;
[…] and i think that the root of it was more connected with cowardice than with malice. it was just pathetic posturing […] “he belittles her because he is afraid that if he doesn’t, they will say that he is a pussy and start to belittle him instead.” this is the inspiration behind the song’s central motif, of the squid in the hollow abdomen. i don’t want to tell you why exactly […] god almighty a school is such a terrible place to spend your formative years […] boy who used to call me a long-haired faggot and punch me in the kidneys in biology classes, this one goes out to you.”
Kiran Leonard live
11 January – London, Victoria
12 January – Brighton, Prince Albert
13 January – Salford, Eagle In
14 January – Glasgow, The Hug & Pint (Celtic Connections Festival)
Listen to ‘Pink Fruit’ below:
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