Following last year’s innovative Derevaun Seraun and its absolutely spellbinding predecessor Grapefruit, Manchester’s Kiran Leonard is back with news of an upcoming new album, Western Culture.
Taken from the album, ‘Paralysed Force’ is a heart-wrenchingly beautiful creation. Perhaps more melodic in the conventional sense than some previous offerings, Leonard hasn’t lost any of the raw, soaring emotion and rich, intricate musicality I’ve come to know and love. I don’t like to focus on an artist’s age, but I feel like I’ve be a fan of Kiran Leonard forever, and yet he’s still just 22; from the frenzied intensity of ‘Pink Fruit’, to the sweeping, cinematic splendour of ‘Living With Your Ailments’, and now the impassioned majesty of ‘Paralysed Force’, he never fails to draw me in and create something truly epic. From first being blown away by him at Green Man Festival back in 2015, and then again at The Victoria and The 100 Club the following year, he continues to captivate with his impressive sonic soundscapes.
Of this latest track, Leonard explains:
“‘Paralysed Force’ is about how insecurities you should settle within yourself often get transplanted onto other people you know. Projecting the question towards another allows you to shirk responsibility for your own wellbeing, but all this does is suspend the issue at hand, and prolong an inevitable falling back.”
The first album of Kiran Leonard’s to have been made in a professional studio, Western Culture is due for release 19th October via Moshi Moshi. Catch Kiran Leonard live at the following dates:
26th August – Leeds, This Must Be The Place
29th August – London, The Victoria
30th August – End of the Road Festival
8th September – Manchester, Partisan