NEW MUSIC: Kiran Leonard, ‘Secret Police’
16 Feb 2016
The Oldham-born wunderkind returns with an orchestral sucker-punch of a new tune
"Alvarius B; Daniel Johnston; my mother's telephone in the 1980s; the guitar playing in Sufjan Stevens' 'Djohariah'; a Silver Mt Zion and all those beautiful beautiful voices; not the nsa (this song is super wrinkly old and it pre-dates that scoop); Thom Yorke's piano playing; being part of a family; Jesús Galíndez; the Iranian general election, 2009..." A small selection of the plethora of influences cited by Oldham-born musican Kiran Leonard on latest track 'Secret Police' (others of which include "fear", "feeling small" and Randy Newman).
If you hadn't gathered already from the huge wealth of information, obsession and curiosity seeping into just one track from the still-only-20-year-old, Leonard is a little different from your average young man. Pleasingly too, his extensive list isn't just a Myspace-style expression of maudlin angst: in 'Secret Police' these influences are audible, from the tender, cracked fragility and bare pianos of its opening (a la Daniel Johnston) to the melancholy Radiohead-esque build up to the Sufjan circa 'Illinois'-stye heavenly choral swells that lift the track to its peak.
It's a complex piece of music that somehow still aims for the heart instead of the head, and you get the feeling this is only Level One of where Leonard's at right now.
Check out 'Secret Police' below.
New album 'Grapefruit' is released via Moshi Moshi on March 25 and Leonard plays a sold out show at The Lexington on April 4. Info here: rockfeedback.com/concerts/detail/kiran-leonard1