Following last year’s innovative Derevaun Seraun and its absolutely spellbinding predecessor Grapefruit, Manchester’s Kiran Leonard has returned with news of his upcoming album, Western Culture. Following July’s single ‘Paralysed Force’, he has now shared another enchanting single from the collection, ‘Legacy Of Neglect’.
Featuring backing vocals from Norwich duo Let’s Eat Grandma, ‘Legacy Of Neglect’ is another epic creation from the Manchester artist, coming in at just under nine minutes long. A reflection on culture and history, a twinkling cacophony flows with hauntingly impassioned cries from the young duo in the background, as a racing sense of urgency builds. As soaring layers of musicality are interwoven, the track oozes an emotion-strewn splendour as Leonard showcases his trademark rich, lyrical storytelling.
Fusing together multiple sonic elements alongside immense, whirring hooks and the distinctive visceral power of Leonard’s vocals, ‘Legacy Of Neglect’ builds to an intense climax, emanating a sweeping cinematic majesty that captivates the ears, and doesn’t lose focus for a second.
Of the track, Leonard explains:
“Legacy of Neglect is chiefly about two things. Culture, and the weird dual meaning of the word: how it’s a concept necessarily in constant flux, in dialogue with a rapidly transforming society, yet also one that many people regard as some thing static and possessed, a ‘heritage’ you can draw on when the world seems precarious and alien and antagonistic…Secondly, history and class: bad analyses of terrible socio-political developments from people who should know better, invariably ahistorical, patronising, disingenuous, devoid of empathy, etc. Let it be said that fascism never was, never will be, a popular movement; it has always been a creation and servant of the elite and the privileged.”
Western Culture, the upcoming album from Kiran Leonard, is out 9th November via Moshi Moshi. Catch Kiran Leonard live at the following dates:
21 November – Galway, Roisin Dubh
22 November – Dublin, Whelans
23 November – Limerick, Kasbah Social
4 November – Cork, Cyprus Avenue
26 November – Brighton, Green Door Store
27 November – London, MOTH Club
28 November – Manchester, Soup Kitchen
29 November – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
30 November – Glasgow, Hug & Pint
1 December – Newcastle, Cumberland Arms
3 December – Norwich, Arts Centre
4 December – Bristol, Rough Trade
5 December – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach