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While David Kilgour’s seminal band the Clean continue their foray into more lysergic-pop sounds, the singer/guitarist’s seventh “solo” outing with his longtime band the Heavy Eights is more streamlined than meandering DayGlo. Opener “Left By Soft” teases the listener into thinking a churning, eight-minute, Velvets-inspired stretch might be ahead, but Kilgour keeps it tight and tidy with three and a half minutes of hypnotic, swirling instrumental pop. With guitars as aggressive as Neil Young’s or Thurston Moore’s (check the Sonic Youth levels of red on “Way Down Here,” the Crazy Horse melody of “Diamond Mine”), Kilgour is equally at home strumming crisp, folk-pop rhythms (“Steel Arrow,” “I’ll Climb Back Up That Hill”) or turning out airy, melancholy pop (“Could Be On My Way,” “A Break In the Weather.”) Left By Soft is one of Kilgour and the Heavy Eights' strongest outings yet, which is astonishing after 20 years together. Newbies stumbling here by way of bands like the Fresh & Onlys or the Smith Westerns should be delighted to discover one of the godfathers of post-punk jangle-folk.

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If you already know who David Kilgour is then you should already own this. For those of you who don't, well, you may never quite understand the genius of D.K. or his other band...THE CLEAN (absolute legends). This album is a master lesson in songcraft, melody and guitar execution. To say the least....The music absolutely glows! Will not disappoint. And please go read up on the history of New Zealand's early punk/indie music scene, and then go listen! ...there is so much to discover there. And then perhaps you will understand the brilliance of D.K.


Born: Dunedin, New Zealand

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

From his earliest days as a member of the legendary Clean onward, singer/songwriter David Kilgour stood among the most important figures on the New Zealand pop landscape. A native of Dunedin, Kilgour first emerged in 1979 as the guitarist of the Clean, the highly influential trio he co-founded with his drummer brother Hamish; when the group disbanded three years later, the brothers reunited in the Great Unwashed, which proved even shorter-lived. After a few years out of music, the mercurial Kilgour...
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