Multi-instrumentalist Kiran Leonard is back with a brand new album!
‘Derevaun Seraun’, the follow-up to 2016’s ‘Grapefruit’, is out on 15th September via Moshi Moshi, and will be split into five movements inspired by literature. In a statement, Kiran said of the album: “‘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”.
He continued: “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”. See the tracklisting below.
1. Could She Still Draw Back?
2. Living With Your Ailments
3. A Paritcle of Flesh Refuses the Consummation of Death
4. The Mute Wide-Open Eye of All Things
5. The Cure for Pneumothorax
Kiran has also shared a new track from the album, the epic ‘Living With Your Ailments’, inspired by Albert Camus’ 1942 philopshical work ‘The Myth of Sisyphus’. It’s a striking departure from his first two “proper” albums, but it’s a beautiful number filled with piano and baroque flourishes. Speaking of the track, Kiran said: “I read it for the first time as an unhappy, nervous 17-year-old and I found it deeply moving and comforting […] 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”.
As if that wasn’t enough, Kiran’s also shared a handful of tour dates with a string trio across the UK in September, including a show at London’s St Pancras Old Church where he’ll play two shows in just one night!
Listen to ‘Living With Your Ailments’ and see Kiran’s upcoming tour dates below.
19 Wolverhampton, Newhampton Arts Centre
20 London, St Pancras Old Church (two performances at 7pm and 9pm)
21 Oxford, St. Barnabas Church
23 Manchester, Band on the Wall
25 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club