KIRAN LEONARD SHARES “COULD SHE STILL DRAW BACK?”
PREMIERED TODAY BY LAUREN LAVERNE AS THE “JUST ADDED” TRACK ON BBC 6 MUSIC
NEW ALBUM DEREVAUN SERAUN RELEASED 15TH SEPTEMBER 2017 ON MOSHI MOSHI
TOUR WITH STRING TRIO ALSO CONFIRMED FOR SEPTEMBER
“A singular new talent is being forged” – The Guardian
“Leonard is an autodidact of amazing talent and energy” – Pitchfork
Kiran Leonard recently announced details of a new album Derevaun Seraun, set to be released 15th September on Moshi Moshi, and today he shares its opening track “Could She Still Draw Back?”.
“Could She Still Draw Back?” takes its inspiration from “Eyeline”, a short story from James Joyce’s Dubliners about a young girl trapped between the allure of moving to another continent with a newfound lover and the inescapable draw of home, routine and certainty, however constrictive and mundane they can be.
Kiran Leonard: “I think that this is a conflict that most can relate to; everybody espouses the virtues of travel, but it takes a special sort of person to uproot and abandon their world in pursuit of something else, even if it is to flee a boring town that you hate. All throughout she is weighing both sides, the ailing health and occasional kindheartedness of her father in spite of his aggressive tendencies, the exciting prospect of domestic bliss abroad in spite of the fear of potential disaster.”
“The writing is fluid and evocative but doesn’t feature any of the modernist acrobatics Joyce is known for. It is a short and simple story about a desire for change coming into conflict with an instinct for caution.”
“Could She Still Draw Back?” premiered today as the Just Added track on Lauren Laverne’s BBC Radio 6 Music show. Leonard, backed by a string trio, will perform live in session with Lauren Laverne on 6 Music on 20th September.
Leonard recently 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 run includes a special night at London’s St. Pancras Old Church on 20th September when there will be two performances (at 7PM and 9PM).
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.
Derevaun Seraun is available to pre-order now from Moshi Moshi, and comes with instant grat MP3 downloads of “Living With Your Ailments” and “Could She Still Draw Back?”
“Living With Your Ailments”