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Another brilliant collaboration has dropped in the form of Glow and Fade, album number 5 from Steve Kilbey and Martin Kennedy aka Kilbey Kennedy, celebrating a decade of collaboration.  The 8 track masterpiece, released through Golden Robot Records is available at all good retailers, with the vinyl edition for collectors following in late July, exclusive to the SFR Store.

Steve Kilbey and Martin Kennedy ‘Glow and Fade’

The latest musical journey from the hypnotic duo, Kilbey Kennedy, includes the spacey dream rock of title track and second single, Glow and Fade, which immediately transports the listener to another world with Kilbey’s melancholic optimism reminding all of our earthly, human limitations.  Check out the music video here:

The rest of the album includes the dynamism of The Game Never Changes, 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, was 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.

Steve Kilbey

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

Martin Kennedy

“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 stunning art 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.

Glow and Fade is available now via iTunes (for digital), Sanity & JB HiFi (for CDs) and the SFR Store (for CDs, vinyl and fan bundles).  All SFR Store orders receive 3 x bonus instant grat tracks not available elsewhere.  Any digital orders also receive a bonus track of The Game Never Changes (also not available elsewhere).


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