KIRAN LEONARD SIGNS TO MOSHI MOSHI; PREMIERES 16 MIN SINGLE VIA STEREOGUM
“PINK FRUIT” RELEASED AS LIMITED ETCHED 12” ON 12TH FEBRUARY 2016
NEW ALBUM GRAPEFRUIT RELEASED 25TH MARCH 2016
UK TOURDATES ANNOUNCED FOR JANUARY 2016
“A boy, in his attempt to gain an elusive masculine identification, often comes to define this masculinity largely in negative terms, as that which is not feminine or involved with women. There is an internal and external aspect to this. Internally, the boy tries to reject his mother and deny his attachment to her and the strong dependence upon her that he still feels. He also tries to deny the deep personal identification with her that he has developed during his early years. He does this by repressing whatever he takes to be feminine inside himself, and, importantly, by denigrating and devaluing whatever he considers to be feminine in the outside world.” – Nancy Chodorow
Kiran Leonard has signed to Moshi Moshi, and revealed details of his new album Grapefruit (released 25th March 2016; see below for tracklisting and artwork). Today, he shares its lead single “Pink Fruit” – the album’s 16 minute long centerpiece – which will be released as a strictly-limited one-sided etched 12” vinyl single on 12th February 2016.
Stereogum, who premiered the single, who premiered the single, said: “A lot of “Pink Fruit” is a widening sound collage, with the meandering improvisational and commercial quality of Broken Social Scene, except it all comes from one person’s mind… It’s a worthwhile trip, one that justifies its long runtime.”
Influences on the new Kiran Leonard single “PINK FRUIT”
“deerhoof; shellac; dirty projectors’ “the getty address”; vasco da gama (RIP); enablers; death sentence: panda!; the end of “eraserhead” where [spoiler] the baby dies and the whole of henry’s apartment fills with mashed potato; set design and costumes in alan bennett’s “the madness of king george iii”; a lack of professional percussion equipment (seriously, anybody who’s ever bought a cabasa is a fool of a took: just wrap a piece of sandpaper round a block of wood and scratch the surface with a washing-up brush. it’s exactly the same noise); warren ellis’ 4-string guitar playing on grinderman’s disgustingly underrated second album “grinderman 2” (which for my money is the best album nick cave’s ever been a part of); old friends & new; contrasts & the past & the future;”
“[…] and i think that the root of it was more connected with cowardice than with malice. it was just pathetic posturing […] “he belittles her because he is afraid that if he doesn’t, they will say that he is a pussy and start to belittle him instead.” this is the inspiration behind the song’s central motif, of the squid in the hollow abdomen. i don’t want to tell you why exactly […] god almighty a school is such a terrible place to spend your formative years […] boy who used to call me a long-haired faggot and punch me in the kidneys in biology classes, this one goes out to you.”
Kiran Leonard Grapefruit tracklisting
Caiaphas in Fetters
Don’t Make Friends With Good People
Kiran Leonard is a mercurially talented 20 year-old multi-instrumentalist from Oldham, Greater Manchester. In the wake of numerous Bandcamp EPs and homemade CDR releases, Grapefruit is the follow-up proper to his 2013 acclaimed double debut album Bowler Hat Soup.
Both the “Pink Fruit” 12″ single Grapefruit album (CD, LP or download) are available to pre-order now through Moshi Moshi, and also on iTunes. Fans who pre-order Grapefruit through Moshi Moshi will also receive an instant MP3 download of “Pink Fruit.”
Kiran Leonard is also set to tour the UK in the new year, beginning a short run of dates at The Victoria, London, on 11th January 2016. Please see below for the full list of dates and email with any guestlist or interview requests.
Kiran Leonard live
11 January – London, Victoria TICKETS
12 January – Brighton, Prince Albert TICKETS
13 January – Salford, Eagle Inn TICKETS
14 January – Glasgow, The Hug & Pint (Celtic Connections Festival) TICKETS
Note to journalists – there is another recording artist with a very similar name so please ensure you have the correct spelling of Kiran Leonard and use the correct social media accounts (all links below). Kiran (kɪrəŋ) is not related to any variants of the similar Gaelic name (Kieran, Ciaran, Kieron, Kyron) so it’s not pronounced this way. Think of the ‘i’ sound in ‘spin’ as opposed to ‘spine’, and put the emphasis on the ‘i’ as opposed to the ‘a’ (so that it doesn’t sound like ‘Qu’ran’, that is also incorrect).
Pre-order “Pink Fruit” 12″ from Moshi Moshi http://smarturl.it/PinkFruit
Pre-order Grapefruit album from Moshi Moshi (and receive “Pink Fruit” MP3 instantly) http://smarturl.it/KLGrapefruit
Pre-order Grapefruit album from iTunes http://geni.us/GrapefruitDL