posted on January 29, 2013 at 2:11 pm
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was great to briefly top bandcamps charts the other day

its very hard to listen to your own record n know what youve done

sometimes it sounds great

othertimes my concentration wanders yearning to start my next new thing

so ive learnt a lot about music and logic and myself while making it

ive learnt more than ever to have faith in my processes

my processes always reveal a song eventually …a good song ….

i dont always write songs the way you would imagine

sometimes a tiny inkling leeds me thru a number of processes i dont understand

in this way under my editorial control i let musical accidents happen

i am very free with accidents much freer than anyone else you probably know

on the other hand my in-built music computer only chooses the best accidental bits for re-assemby

i am a witness to songs writing themselves more and more

i chisel them out of silence or they fall in my lap

i am happy with the technical quality

its much much better than whatever you or i would have expected

yet i like the loose sound of the whole thing

i have strategies for negating the machineyness of things

now i have more than ever

it doesnt have to sound like that

i have quite radical ideas that i apply across the board to my solo records

here you can hear them in the hard left n right panning

i want my music to disorient as well as fulfil…i hope it does that

something else : altho getting old is a real drag believe me

in this one respect its working out for me

some other sense i have mentioned before

so often has taken over and intervenes in my work

i find it in music painting and writing

some easy answers at last for artistic conundrums

i continue to move forward in understanding and trust

i think these songs will bring a big smile to your face

i think they will remind you of other songs

songs by me songs by others

they are supposed to i guess

its a tragicomedy its all mixed up

2 instrumentals to bookend the album

george e the noted conductor said

he admired the way i could play notes out of scale and yet make em fit

altho i dont see it that way of course

in some ways i just play by ear i suppose

i dont know anything about modality

some voice in my head just says yeah thats the right note

i dont appreciate where it fits with music theory

i taught myself everything

i taught myself bass guitar keyboards singing engineering mixing the lot

it was a long long process of trial and error

my mind is so stupid in some things

but so quick on the uptake on others

i perceived quickly the ways a person could make music on their own

i developed my own ways i tested my own theories

i wrote a thousand songs no one will ever hear (again)

i was honing my craft over the years

while other people watched sport or visited friends

i sat alone starting from scratch

i put baby grande behind me n started all over again

i re-learnt and re-appraised it all.

i figured out how my voice worked

i figured out how to make the most of my musical shortcomings

and i started to write the beginnings of the songs that you guys must like

or else why would you be reading this bullshit right now?

so we come to the idyllist

another solo album big deal

dont hold yer breath for the next church album tho

kilbey/kennedy coming atcha in april i hear …(a magnificent beast)

so why the idyllist?

and all i can really say is

i think it may make you smile for awhile

its silly its stupendous its preposterous its…cosmic rock…

its noisy its warm n cosy its out there its in here

how amazing i never succumbed to her-0 in

and i’m still around doing this

fucking enthusiasm…man its there in buckets..its gushing vim…

it aint no tired old lame brain kilbey by numbers

it contains all my obsessions beatle dylan bowie bolan floyd etc

its derivative and original at the same time

i love those contradictions

its messy and accomplished

its everything its nothing

plus theres some good singalong numbers

if you wanna hear someone unwearied by age here i am

at almost sixty i have experience and enthusiasm

that is the idyllist

smart enough to know better you could say….



if youve already heard it and would like to review it

in the comments please be my guest


27 Responses to “idyllic rhubarb”

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    Kohl Ette | 29 January 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    As far as I can surmise, to rationalise or analyse would be to minimise the magic. Tis what an idyll is? Surrender to adventure, not even necessarily physically or apparently but…just idyllic licking into shape of eatin mess. Cosmic rock is not poppy cock! Oh when the kids go back to school and I receive my cd, how happy I’m going to be! Just me and the idyllic cd! Hee hee.

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    M E M | 29 January 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    i remember dreaming in the shallow end
    all those nights until now
    how i yearned for communion
    nights i’d walk by the ocean
    trying to conceive of what you were thinking
    how does this music speak so eternally
    of purpose and meaning and feeling?
    i imagine a time when i was indistinct
    nothing but an abstract configuration
    undistinguishable from the next
    and how magnificent is it all!
    still i claim nothing!
    no great insight or knowledge of you!
    those fleeting moments underneath the moon
    are sand which i gladly pour back into
    the infinite sea of time!
    remember me now as i
    remember you!

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    Michel | 29 January 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    The Idyllist is a brilliant masterpiece.
    Nothing more to say !
    Thank you Mr Kilbey, thanks for the music.
    You saved our lives once again 😉

  4. avatar | 29 January 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    Hello sk,

    i’m not able to write a detailed review in english,
    think my word pool isn’t big enough to describe your creative genius,
    but what i can say is keep on keepin’ on your stunning work.
    You never fail to amaze me in music, painting and writing
    (for nearly 31 years now).

    My personal highlights from The Idyllist are
    Something Out There, African Jesus & Zara Thustra…
    sounding familiar on a new level…
    Looking forward to my physical CD.

    Bests to you and Sam


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    Steven Krut | 29 January 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    Topping bandcamp must have been a real thrill. Don’t we live in exciting times? That a worldwide outlet like bandcamp exists along with the software tools to give every musician and songwriter their own studio to give life to their musical visions. I think what surprised me most about The Idyllist is how polished and full the production sounds. Somehow I was expecting a computer simulation of a studio album, but, no, it’s an actual studio album.

    The Idyllist is good. It’s damn good! It’s better than any album done completely by one person has a right to be. Hell, it’s better than most albums done by talented bands in full-blown studios. I think there are very few people in the world who could pull off what you’ve done with The Idyllist.

    So far Mist Your Opportunity is my favorite song on the album. I made a video for it:

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      Admin | 29 January 2013 at 6:31 pm #

      thanks steve
      checking out the vid now!
      the other sk

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    David Whiting | 29 January 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    Wow, this record is something else. It has so many different colours which makes it impossible to digest in one sitting. So much depth with so many styles weaving in and out. This is one for the ages folks.

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    Jeff McFarland | 30 January 2013 at 12:37 am #

    Thank you, Steve for managing to make your best album precisely at the moment it seemed 2013 would be yet another musically sparse slog through another rock n’ roll desert. There’s not a skipper in the bunch, yet the good ship Idyllist manages a smooth sail from beginning to end! The highlights are almost too many to mention, but it’s hard to not smile and feel good while listening to “Something Out There” or “Pitstop”. “Zara Thustra” and “Rock Song 13” keep things moving along smartly, and “One Thing Before I Go” reveals a jazzy and melodic side hinted at previously, but developed to a further degree. The instrumental bookends tie the whole beautiful package up, well.. Beautifully! It’s not very often that I listen to an hour of new music, and then hit “play” to hear it all again, but that’s happened twice in a row now. Thanks so much, Steve, for a beautiful album.

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    bruce1812 | 30 January 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Simply amazing Mr. Kilbey! I think your own description was spot on…cosmic rock….messy and accomplished….full of contradictions…..I totally agree. Thanks for brightening a few more corners of the world with art and inspiration.

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    davem | 30 January 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    I can’t wait to hear it Steve, but won’t be able to afford to buy it until Feb 21st. Times are tight and I bought Addenda 1 & 2 before Chrimble…….can’t justify another SK purchase for a few more weeks….

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    Crasher | 30 January 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    firstly enjoyed the rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb.
    i’ve listened to the idyllist quite a lot over the past few days.
    mainly in the car with no track listing, just a cd with “kilbey’s newun” scrawled in texta. concentration lapses abound as i negotiate peak hour
    on the drive to my work in south melbourne,trying to be crasher in name only, and not by deed.
    now with a couple of days off, it’s back on the real stereo, track list at hand.
    i’m really into it. it’s groovy baby.
    at this very moment(oops the moment’s passed…it was only a moment after all)i was tapping to rock song it’s alienne.
    as i mentioned last week (remember) swift grabbed me straight away..definite shades of the refo:mation there.
    to those who don’t have the above..get it ..good.
    i can hear a touch of lou reed in african jesus.
    really like the title track at the end..excellent instrumental.
    i won’t mark every track….had my fill of track marks too.
    but if i had to give the album a score out of 58..i’d give it 60.
    great work steve…

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    Ingrid | 31 January 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Hi SK, The Idyllist a delightful and beautiful masterpiece! Stunning work as usual (exactly what happens when your creative genius is unleashed). You have the uncanny ability to release your albums at exactly the right time, (when your fans need them for inspiration or cheering up in general). I love “African Jesus”, “Can’t believe You”, “Shot with Change” and love the instrumentals but in saying that all the tracks are amazing. Clever lyrics and word play (which I always get a kick out of in your music) especially in “Pitstop” “I know a woman in the everglades…” and “Mist Your Opportunity”. A diverse and most enjoyable album with great depth. You do your own thing and we love you for it.

    Thank You xxx

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    ten | 31 January 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    It’s strange, but I think I listen to your solo albums more than those by the Church. Especially Narcosis+ and Dabble. This album has a lot in common with Remindlessness, another of my favorites. The rambling, genre crossing, total indulgence in your worldly perception.

    I was thinking about Bowie the other day. I think in the 80s he really set out to be commercial and make a bit of money. And he did that, but he lost his way. I still don’t think he’s found it. He spent the 90s and early 2000s chasing trends and crooning around music created by hyper-talented, yet tasteless, musicians. Holed up in a Swiss mansion, bored and soulless. You should be proud that you’ve never done that. You’ve just pursued your vision.

    The Idyllist is dense and lush enough that I haven’t waded in deep enough to comment much. I feel like I need some late night listening sessions, lights off, incense burning, To Be Played At Maximum Volume. But I already love it, love it. Thank you Steve.

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      Admin | 31 January 2013 at 4:44 pm #

      thank you ten

      it is like remindlessness
      i hope i havent lost my larrikin spirit
      i’m gonna do my damndest to keep my music alive and interesting

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    Kraig | 31 January 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    So Don’t hold my breath for the next Church album, ok, i held my breath and took less than 3 minutes…i sure hope you guys come to terms and make some kind of effort under your OWN label? AT least collaborate with MWP, Marty, that was some kick ass stuff yo Sometime Anywhere! I met you both on that tour and look forward to it A-GAIN (as Jack Kerouac would say it).

    OK here’s my fav quote from your blog today:

    “i was honing my craft over the years while other people watched sport or visited friends”…that’s awesome Steve! I remember EVERY day or FEELING or SEASON which ALL Kilbey, Kennedy, Church, or otherwise was released or hence i lestend to at the time, every tune, chord, song, album, or tune brings a beautiful memory, and that, to say the least, is PROLIFIC over 30+ years! So keep it comin’ and weez be lovin’!


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      Admin | 31 January 2013 at 4:42 pm #

      ha! i’m gonna keep it coming all the way down the line

  14. avatar
    Elvis | 31 January 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    I thought i was The King!? Bubba-Hum! You, Mr. Stevemeister Central we gotta love, you’re the King of all Kings! The King of Music, the King of The Time Being, The King of The Meantime, It’s Halloween Time, King of Art, King of Blogs, King of Conflict, King of Unpredictable, King of The Stars, King of Love, King of ‘I Wanna Be A King’…meaning to myself and others we want to be you & love what you do, and the King of All Seasons, King of Chuckles, King of KK, King of the Milky Way, King of Silver Sparkling drinks that turn you into a Lizard King from another World (do you still drink that stuff?), hey, you might just qualify as the King of all Klowns because you’re a funny guy at timez and we like to laugh with yur blog at times when it’s funny, but I picture you as the King of Spades & Hearts, trying new things, giving us new things, at bargaining times, special prices, special news, that we like and use!

    So as you give us 30+ years and 3+ Decades of mindfull, fullear, and spiritfull of music through the VAST whirls of the 20th and 21st Centuries, you and your cronies will always bring forth a sense of love, art, music, mood, tone, and humor alone that “other musical endeavors just can’t touch as much as it sometimes sucks to hear so much our ear bleeds with the fucking poop on the rad-eee-O”! Thank God for the commercial-less iPod” …while others play the top 40 we secretly play the Top Kill-bey! Thanks to you and your cronies, here’s lookin’ forward to A Killer NEW ALBUM from The King of the Clouds, King of Seances, King of Forgetfullness, and the King of Iidyllic Ideas!

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