KIRAN LEONARD ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM DEREVAUN SERAUN [15TH SEPTEMBER; MOSHI MOSHI]
FIVE MOVEMENTS INSPIRED BY FIVE PIECES OF LITERATURE, ARRANGED FOR PIANO, STRINGS AND VOICE
STREAM LEAD SINGLE “LIVING WITH YOUR AILMENTS” [7:34] BELOW
TOUR WITH STRING TRIO CONFIRMED FOR SEPTEMBER
“A singular new talent is being forged” – The Guardian
“Leonard is an autodidact of amazing talent and energy” – Pitchfork
Kiran Leonard announces details of a new album Derevaun Seraun, set to be released 15th September on Moshi Moshi. It is the follow-up to 2016’s acclaimed Grapefruit LP, his first for the label.
Lead single “Living With Your Ailments” is inspired by Albert Camus‘ 1942 philosophy work The Myth of Sisyphus. “I read it for the first time as an unhappy, nervous 17-year-old and I found it deeply moving and comforting,” says Leonard. “It is an essay about taking the cards we are dealt – mortality, nothingness, uncertainty – and doing our best with them, in humour and in optimism and in open-mindedness.”
The track was premiered today on BBC Radio 6 Music by Tom Ravenscroft. Covering Lauren Laverne’s late morning show, he featured the full 7:34 minute single as the Just Added track.
“Living With Your Ailments”
0Leonard has also today announced details of a tour of England to coincide with the release, on which he’ll be accompanied by a string trio to perform Derevaun Seraun in full. The dates includes a special night at London’s St. Pancras Old Church on 20th September when there will be two performances (at 7PM and 9PM). Tickets go on sale this Friday at 9AM.
Read on for a full list of tourdates, and for Leonard’s statement on Derevaun Seraun.
“DEREVAUN SERAUN” is a piece I wrote a couple years back in five movements for voice, piano and string trio. Each movement is written about a different piece of literature, exploring the value I see in each work and the impression it has made on me, and there is nothing more to it than that. The pleasure of books – of good verse and stories and ideas – is a very simple thing, and I felt that some lofty unifying theme for the entire piece would be a betrayal of that belief. I think that when a work resonates with you it is an instinctive response to something. You can be taught to understand a challenging book, but not to feel affection for it; I think a lot of conversation around art, especially around literature, sometimes forgets this. In my experience, the art I like the most, irrespective of its ‘difficulty’, is the art I can advocate most directly and plainly, and about which I can say: “I read this piece and now I do not read or think in the same way that I did before”, or: “This is a story that I could not explain to someone; I do not understand it word-for-word, yet I feel like innately I understand the whole, and that the whole spoke to me”. This is a piece about five books that I like and why I like them.” – Kiran Leonard
Derevaun Seraun tracklisting
I. Could She Still Draw Back?
II. Living With your Ailments
III. A Particle of Flesh Refuses the Consummation of Death
IV. The Mute Wide-Open Eye of All Things
V. The Cure for Pneumothorax
Kiran Leonard (with string trio) tour
19 September – Wolverhampton, Newhampton Arts Centre TICKETS
20 September – London, St. Pancras Old Church* 7PM PERFORMANCE TICKETS / 9PM PERFORMANCE TICKETS
21 September – Oxford, St Barnabas Church TICKETS
23 September – Manchester, Band On The Wall TICKETS
25 September – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club TICKETS
*x2 performances this evening only (at 7PM and 9PM)
Kiran Leonard is a 21 year old musician from Saddleworth, Greater Manchester. After a slew of Bandcamp releases as a teenager, he came to predominance with the release of debut record proper Bowler Hat Soup in 2013 when he was still just 17 years old. A double album, ambitious in scope, it boasted three BBC Radio 6 Music-playlisted singles, as did its follow-up Grapefruit in 2016.
Both albums were featured as an Album Of The Day on 6 Music. Leonard has performed live several times on both Lauren Laverne’s and Marc Riley’s 6 Music shows, as well appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row programme. His music has been compared to, among others, Dirty Projectors, Slint, Swans, Deerhoof, Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright and Jim O’Rourke.
Ahead of the release of Derevaun Seraun and its subsequent tour, Kiran Leonard will be performing a new commission Song of The Husband at Manchester International Festival on Wednesday 12th July.
Derevaun Seraun is available to pre-order now from Moshi Moshi, and come with an instant grat MP3 download of “Living With Your Ailments.”