Track Of The Day: Kiran Leonard (feat. Let’s Eat Grandma) – ‘Legacy Of Neglect’

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

Mari Lane

WATCH: Let’s Eat Grandma – ‘Hot Pink’

“‘Hot Pink’ is about the misconceptions of femininity and masculinity and the power of embracing both of them,”explain Let’s Eat Grandma about their colourful new track. “It’s about self-expression, as well as appreciation for an underrated colour.”

Together, teenage multi-instrumentalists Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth create exhilarating blasts of fervently obnoxious noise to turn gender politics upside down, and their new video for ‘Hot Pink’ sees them tearing through the city doing just that. Released through Transgressive Records last week, the track’s accompanying video was directed by Balan Evans. Commenting on the footage, Let’s Eat Grandma explain: “We’re trying to navigate through a city where people’s perceptions of reality are becoming more and more distorted in the fear that we’ll end up the same way.”

After the cult success of their debut album, I, Gemini, it’s great to see the duo are back with this attention-grabbing new single. Following a headline show at Lightbox in Vauxhall on March 8th (which is now sold out), Let’s Eat Grandma will perform a run of UK and European headline tour dates throughout April.

Watch the video for ‘Hot Pink’ below and follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

Let’s Eat Grandma Live Dates

Thu 08 Mar 2018 UK, London – Lightbox (SOLD OUT)
Wed 04 Apr 2018 UK, Glasgow – Stereo
Thu 05 Apr 2018 UK, Newcastle – The Riverside
Sat 07 Apr 2018 UK, Leeds – Belgrave
Sun 08 Apr 2018 UK, Sheffield – The Plug
Mon 09 Apr 2018 UK, Manchester – The Deaf Institute
Wed 11 Apr 2018 UK, Birmingham – The Castle and Falcon
Thu 12 Apr 2018 UK, Cardiff – The Globe
Fri 13 Apr 2018 UK, Bristol – The Lantern

Kate Crudgington

Track Of The Day: Let’s Eat Grandma – ‘Hot Pink’

Following the success of their wonderful debut album I, Gemini, childhood friends Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth – aka Let’s Eat Grandma – have now returned to grace our ears with a sparkling new single.

Produced by SOPHIE, ‘Hot Pink’ is somewhat harder-hitting than previous offerings. Addressing gender politics, it’s filled with glitchy ethereal vibes as a sweeping electronic soundscape soars alongside the subtle power of the duo’s distinctive playful vocals. Complete with immense pulsating beats and dance-pop hooks, in addition to their trademark twinkling musicality, Let’s Eat Grandma’s latest offering showcases how they’re honing their sound to continue creating something truly innovative.

Of the track, the duo explain:

“‘Hot Pink’ is about the misconceptions of femininity and masculinity and the power of embracing both of them. It’s about self-expression and appreciation for an underrated colour.

‘Hot Pink’ is out now. And you can catch Let’s Eat Grandma live at Vauxhall’s Lightbox on 8th March.

Mari Lane

Photo Credit: Charlotte Patmore