Kiran Leonard's music wields emotional outpourings and emo math demolitions into one sporadic and dense rock pantomime, sounding like Adult Jazz if they couldn't tidy their room and Jeff Buckley with half the restraint. He follows the excellent Grapefruit with Derevaun Seraun, a piece written for the re-opening of Manchester's central library; it's all based on the wonderful world of books, Leonard tributing other adventures while foraging for his own.
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I don't know why but I often put books and strings together. A bookshop with a string quartet would probably be my most favourite thing. And a bit of dust. Kiran Leonard has written this album as part of a residency to celebrate the re-opening of Manchester Central Library. Now, we know that libraries are quiet places so he has sensibly decided not to make the massive bloody racket he made on his last couple of albums. Instead we get a lovely and complex set of chamber folk played on piano and assorted strings.
He's still a difficult sod at heart - if he were singing this in a library he'd be told to shush a bit. His voice strains off the lead heading in its Jeff Buckley type way and curling around the instruments but somehow keeping its distance. It's dramatic stuff with flourishing scales and emotive delivery - the composition is more in your classical zone rather than anything you could describe as anywhere close to rock. There are comparisons to Rufus Wainwright and Randy Newman in this erudite, sophisticated music. A bit much perhaps when you are trying to concentrate on a book but just glad he got the work over Liam Gallagher.
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