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Offline Urpal

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Kiran Leonard
« on: July 27, 2014, 10:40:46 AM »
...makes a change from Leonard Cohen anyway.

I saw this local rising star tonight and thought he and his band were awesome. The records are good but don't really do him justice (sound familiar?).

Anyway, I was naturally curious what certain folks around here might make of this song?

http://youtu.be/SeVoX9fHnwk

It might seem odd for a songwriter from Saddleworth to choose a street in Melbourne as the subject for a song, but the explanation comes from the following press snippets:

"Have to point out - this isn't the Brunswick Street in Manchester. I visited Melbourne (Australia) when I was 10 and I got confused and frustrated at all the cool people wearing weird clothes and buying obsolete shellac and for a while I hated them but now I've probably become one."
Read more at http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-radar/kiran-leonard-bowler-hat-soup-exclusive-album-stream#0c4C0qCYoYALVkLb.99

...or to put it another way....

Take Brunswick Street for instance: “It’s this street in Australia in Melbourne that’s full of hipsters,” he explains, fully aware that we’re sitting in a café in an area of Manchester that shares plenty of Brunswick Street’s traits. “And I remember walking around it and thinking it was full of fucking arseholes… but now I’m one of them!”

http://www.theskinny.co.uk/music/new_blood/308251-a_matter_choice_kiran_leonard_interviewed

Ahem, I'll get my coat, and bowler hat....

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Offline Kieren

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Re: Kiran Leonard
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2014, 05:10:12 PM »
Shite!  Even with the similar name!

But seriously, no, its OK but I'm not going to rave about it. Urpal - have you heard the new John Murry album?  Now that's a new guy that could do with the Glee and the remaining Triffids providing a musical backup!

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Re: Kiran Leonard
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2014, 11:03:19 PM »
I've not heard the John Murry album (but then I'd hardly heard Kiran Leonard's til I saw him). It's a coincidence that part of Murry's name also unexpectedly drops a vowel.

Kiran Leonard's current live sound is better represented than on his records by this BBC Marc Riley session (available for the next three days):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0220ghr

Since he counts Sufjan Stevens and Radiohead amongst his influences, I expected Kiran Leonard to be not entirely my kind of thing when I went to the gig on Saturday. His Bowler Hat Soup album seems to fit that palate.

It's obvious when you see him perform though that he is gifted without immodesty and someone willing (and able) to "push beyond the confines" of the industry in which he finds himself.

I'm not sure whether he will have mass appeal (I doubt it)....but those who enjoy the discomfort of the idiosynchratic would probably find something to like about Kiran.

He reminded me a little of the classical conductor Simon Rattle when I saw him conduct the CBSO in the 80s. A strange observation perhaps.

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