Glow and Fade is album number 5 from Steve Kilbey and Martin Kennedy, celebrating a decade of collaboration. The 8 track musical trip being released through Golden Robot Records is available for pre-order now, with CD and digital release on Friday, May 26, and the vinyl edition for collectors to follow in late July, exclusive to the SFR Store.
The songs are about wide-eyed naivete and crushing cynicism, nature of time, time of nature, the struggle and the defeat, love in all its old disguises. It really is quite a journey.” – Steve Kilbey
“Musically, it is the ultimate convergence of all my music projects and influences from my childhood love of Pink Floyd to the atmospheric landscapes of my All India Radio project and the dream rock of our Kilbey Kennedy output. It all comes together on Glow and Fade.” – Martin Kennedy
The album features artwork by the legendary, Bruce Pennington, famous for his evocative artwork for Frank Herbert’s Dune books in the 1960s. Together with the music, it brings back memories of classic concept albums of the past.
The latest masterpiece from Kilbey Kennedy includes the spacey dream rock of the title track ‘Glow and Fade’ which immediately transports the listener to another world with Kilbey’s melancholic optimism reminding all of our earthly, human limitations. The Game Never Changes is a sixteen-minute prog-rock inspired epic, going through some of Kilbey’s darkest ever lyrics and ending with a soaring solo of Pink Floyd proportions. With echoes of David Bowie and Roger Waters then comes They Know, with its oblique lyrics, interweaved with lush acoustic guitar, strings, and trumpet.
The fourth track on the album, We Are Still Waiting, is the first single to be lifted from the album. It’s driving synth-laden dream pop with everything that was good about the 80’s and showcases Kilbey’s lyrical mastery in a beautiful duet with Melbourne vocalist, Selena Cross. Cross also joins Kilbey for The Law of the Jungle, a real-life break-up being the catalyst for this heart achingly raw song. Levitate and The Story of Jonah, continue the brilliance, with slow beats, dark synth, and prog-rock overtones. Completing the magic is One Is All, a play on All Is One from Kilbey Kennedy’s first album together, providing a fitting bookend to the ten years of collaboration and an uplifting conclusion to Glow and Fade.
The official music video for We Are Still Waiting released with the single today, is a visually striking video by Polish experimental filmmaker Lukasz Pytlik and the mesmerising accompaniment to Steve Kilbey and Martin Kennedy’s Simple Minds-esque track. Check it out here:
PRE-ORDER GLOW AND FADE BY KILBEY KENNEDY:
SFR Store (signed CD, fan bundles & vinyl, with bonus tracks) | bit.ly/KK-GF-SFRStore
iTunes (with bonus track) | http://bit.ly/KK-GF-Digital
JB Hi-Fi | http://bit.ly/KK-GF-JB
Sanity | http://bit.ly/KK-GF-Sanity
CD & DIGITAL – OUT FRIDAY, MAY 27
VINYL – OUT FRIDAY, JULY 28
Steve Kilbey…singer, songwriter, bassist, painter, writer, poet, actor, sage, and dispenser of arcane wisdom is one of Australia’s most loved artists.
Steve got his first bass guitar at age 16, joined a “cabaret” band at 18, formed a couple of bands “Precious Little” who morphed into “Baby Grande” (Peter Koppes was in both these groups too), and in 1980, formed The Church and has released 14 solo music albums since.
The popular song Under the Milky Way won the “Best Single of the Year” award at the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awards event in 1989. For his work with The Church, Kilbey then accepted, together with his bandmates, an induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
The music of Martin Kennedy aka ARIA nominated soundscapes, All India Radio has featured in CSI: Miami, One Tree Hill, The Lying Game, the UK’s long-running Emmerdale, Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery, Bondi Rescue, sci-fi feature film The Rare Earth and much more.
Martin and All India Radio have released ten acclaimed albums since 1999 and have worked with Steve Kilbey, Ed Kuepper, and David Bridie. A Science Fiction fan ever since his mother took him to see 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1976, multi-instrumentalist/All India Radio mastermind, Martin Kennedy has been exploring his fascination with outer space, not least through the cinematic ambient soundscapes of his long-standing, prolific band and its evocative song titles, but also his use of science fiction themed album artwork.