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Kiran Leonard


  1. 1.
    Don't Make Friends With Good People
  2. 2.
    Secret Police
  3. 3.
    Pink Fruit
  4. 4.
    Working People
  5. 5.
    Living with Your Ailments
English musician Kiran Leonard trades in a literate, off-kilter version of indie rock inspired in part by Dirty Projectors.
His explorative discography has included experimental solo pop (2013's Bowler Hat Soup), a chamber trio LP inspired by literature (2017's Derevaun Seraun), and singer/songwriter-oriented indie rock with a live backing band (2018's Western Culture).
A native of Greater Manchester, Leonard was raised in a musical household with multiple guitar-playing siblings and a father who was formerly a professional musician and worked in radio. Kiran had begun playing mandolin by age five and graduated to the larger guitar at eight, around the time he started writing short, classical-type pieces. By the time he was 13, Leonard was uploading his work to music-sharing sites. The precocious teen played over 20 instruments on his debut LP, Bowler Hat Soup, a spontaneous, sometimes rambling set of experimental pop released by Hand of Glory in 2013. The self-released Abandoning Noble Goals EP followed in 2015. Leonard introduced his sophomore album with a 16-minute lead single ("Pink Fruit") before Moshi Moshi Records issued the full-length Grapefruit in the spring of 2016. He followed it a year later with Derevaun Seraun, a set of five movements for voice, piano, and string trio, each inspired by a different literary work. Early in 2018, Boira Discos released a onetime tour-only CD-R, A Bit of Violence with These Old Engines, both digitally and on limited-edition cassette. His next album saw him record with his live backing band and in a professional studio for the first time. The resulting Western Culture arrived via Moshi Moshi in October 2018. ~ Marcy Donelson, Rovi


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