posted on October 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm

carving up the known world like the duke of york and napoleon


the story thus far:

upon my return to australia in 2002

my brother john played me a band called all india radio

it was instrumental music

and i absolutely loved it

i could detect something vaguely connected with me

i could also detect brian eno

well it turned out martin kennedy did like what i do after all

because he sends john a track and we do the “your songs in the mail” routine

our first album was called

steve kilbey and martin kennedy present :

unseen music unheard words

martin kennedys music is simple music poignant music subtle music

ambient sometimes

our first album contains some real breakthroughs for me

his music forces to me to respond to it thus

his music is the prime mover in this relationship

there could be no collaboration without martins music

if you like smooth subtle spiritual simple songs

but songs laden with tiny implications

that will keep you busy forever

then this album will delight you

its late night music

its sexy music

its music for people who want more from their songs than just blah!

its music made with love for people who love music

you can hear johns excellent backing vocals all over this record

you can hear minna singing on the lovely song maybe soon

i’m listening to it right now

these songs are so gentle so full of tranquility

nothing is harsh

nothing is in your face

i seem to effortlessly come up with my semi spiritual lyrics

thats how martins music affects me

there is a bit of my old cynical negativity

but i know you all like that sometimes

and i like it too

but i like it when i hit the pure uncynical spiritual stuff

i dont always know it my self

i dont realise what i have just sung

it comes from somewhere i just write it down

listening to it today

there is some lovely words here

surely given to rough old me by the muses themselves

sad and happy reaffirmations of spirit

in all is one

i rope christ n buddha in together

in my song i cast them as the same guy

the message is

duality does not exist

strangely enough martin and i have returned to this idea

our new album  is to be called

you are everything

it is worth considering all the implications of this statement

as i believe martin is shortly about to announce details of some crowd funding

he has assessed that he needs about x $ to get this album finished

in the style that it deserves

anyway thats his trip not mine

he is the prime mover in this duo

im just the voice and lyrics

but i tell you if you all want to help as you all said

(which made me very grateful to read i can tell you!)

then this will be your chance….

knowing that martin k will use the money wisely

of that i have no doubt

he is above all suspicion so by financing this project

you will be directly helping me so i urge you to get involved

hes got lots of little deals worked out to for different levels too

different rewards for the more generous subscriber…i like it…!

anyway martin n i did 3 songs at my gig in melbourne

my gig talking about myths n gods n stuff

we did

all is one +broken sea +transformation

the latter being a song our own davey percevale commished

and yes davey i sang your slight changes and i thought of you

you would have approved

the people there lapped up the mk songs

and we filmed our rehearsal for possible bonus bits

our second album was called  white magic

the songs were a little darker

there was more twangy guitar lines

the lyrics were reflecting the troubled times on my horizon

listen and you may understand

there is a lot weirdness brewing

there are some really good melodies too

the ambience and optimism has receded a little though

and a menace prowls behind almost all these songs

save for mountain 

which is more like the first record

the second album is a worthy follow up to the first

it is excellently executed

although martin n i would both concede it gained no new ground on the first one

i think we got away with that though

because number one had much area left to explore

and because  most of these songs have an intrinsic excellence

lots of word-play

lots of nice little musical touches

lots of lovely wide open spaces too like in most of martins stuff

in music as in painting there are wild intuitive people n careful thinking people

martin has carefully

using his thinking

figured out a way to knock out these little universes of music

that seem deceptively simple

but try n do one yourself!

our third album however is a different thing

something has changed

these new songs are suddenly so different to all that has gone before

i am baffled to explain this

everything i have heard so far is just amazing

we have made a quantum leap out into unexpected territory

its not ambient pop anymore although still containing bits of that

a new urgency a new honesty

the bright bits are brighter

the dark bits are darker

there is lots of elation

i dont know

he needs the dough to get it mixed mastered n stuff

meanwhile i have here

a very ltd amount of first n second kil/ken cds

i will do you  both of em for thirty bucks n throw in an original postcard size painting

both signed by me n him

or buy em separately for 20 bucks each unsigned

either way i really recommend em

if you dont already have em…theyre good! ( in spades!)




29 Responses to “kenbey killedy”

  1. avatar
    Admin | 16 October 2012 at 5:41 pm #

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    Cath | 16 October 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    Nice work indeed, surreal dream scape, and you know what’s just as good, for a fellow artst to assist another, we are spiritual kin Mr Kilbey,. So glad your spirits have picked up. I’d love to get a copy if I can reserve one as am broke till next week( life of s student/ single parent!)? Who did the video art/ pictures, no end credits for the video’s? Post the crowd funding links when it’s sorted we’ll pitch in. Can’t wait to share my next two albums with ya! Lots of love Cath

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    Ryan Murdock | 16 October 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    I’m looking fwd to this new K/K album – count me in for the crowdsource stuff. Anyone have a link?

    Both K/K albums were outstanding. Dreamlike musical journeys to another place.

    I also highly recommend commissioning a song. We made one for my wife and IMO it’s among the best stuff K/K has done. Album worthy in spades.

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    Kohl Ette | 16 October 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    Have both albums, they are amongst my favourites and they will be played more during the summer – good soothing music to keep cool to. I think you both have good senses of humour and you are both visual as well as musical as well as other things I’m sure…I’d like to reinvest a few hundred dollars which funnily enough have become available to me and I was hoping to make a contribution of this kind, which Martin probably already knows but would never presume. Now you know and hope that helps. Looking forward to it!

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    Jesiah6 | 16 October 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    The Kilbey Kennedy albums are among my favorites. Some of your best lyrics and vocals I believe. I’m excited for the third album and will gladly give for the finishing of it.

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 16 October 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    So sorry to disagree…not my cup of tea…

    Nothing negative to really say, wish u Grand Luck…anyways…

    But I will purchase them together for $30 – its the right thing to do…
    I feel a ‘connected contribution’ even though the music is not for me –
    I will donate my copies to my Pain Specialist…I believe he will not only like
    the previous collaborations – I know he will play them in his waiting area for
    his patients…he has done this in the past and has recived positive praise …
    One fine lady told me your voice was “so sexy”…that’s a smile she needed…
    She was having serious back surgery – I havnt seen her since- hope she is well…
    He is a real solid Doctor – I see him every month now since 2006 …only he
    can prescribe the real real hard stuff that tragically keeps me upright each day…


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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 17 October 2012 at 12:03 am #

      Just completed my order…wish Martin the best !!!


    • Kraig
      Kraig | 26 October 2012 at 5:27 pm #

      Youz CRAZY DAZ! Waiting Room music? Nonsense! These collaboration albums are awesome from KK, i beg to differ bro! This music is good anywhere you go, whether it’s the waiting room, car, dark room, sunshine, moonshine, fall, winter, spring, summer. Even though i don’t smoke the good stuff anymore it brings me back to a time when i did. Wish i could still puff now and then but since i cannot LOL, due to my job unfortunately, these albums and tunes do the trick indeed! Long Live KK! I”m definately PLEDGING BIG! Hope your feeling good these days my friend. Cheers! Kraig

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    DavidP | 17 October 2012 at 12:35 am #

    I love ya Kilbo
    would have loved to be there and hear those songs live!
    anyone record it/video it?
    for anyone who missed it, here is the link to Transformation

    The new album sounds very interesting Steve
    is this the one you mentioned a year ago,
    that you and Martin wanted to do a more spiritually organic one?
    with some of the descriptions you have given above it sounds promising
    as soon as I read the title of the new album “you are everything”
    I straight away thought of the line in Transformation where you sing
    “its all in myself if I can only get still”

    take care, be aware
    davey boy

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      DavidP | 17 October 2012 at 7:49 pm #

      of course, I encourage everyone to get behind helping kk3 to be finished
      and I can also highly recommend getting a commish song too! both good ways of directly supporting our humble beloved artists!

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    Steven Krut | 17 October 2012 at 1:16 am #

    Martin definitely has the touch. To me his music is too focused to be called ambient, but maybe I have a skewed definition of ambient. I have both KK albums and they are both very good. You and Martin are a natural fit and I’m very much looking forward to the third album. It sounds really interesting.

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    hippy | 17 October 2012 at 3:15 am #

    Nice assessment of the first two K/K albums. I liked them but feel you could really go some deeper places with a third one, so this is great news! Sounds like #3 will be the BIG one. Hope the financing part gets worked out. Good luck!

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 17 October 2012 at 3:15 am #

    When The Money Runs Dry –

    When the money runs dry…
    we sleep with the statues of heroes we mock.
    When the wind blows dry…
    they lose the trail from which the pilgrimage had begun.
    When the tears run dry…
    children are beset with only headstones to admire.
    When the clouds begin to dry…
    rain falls as thoughts only to be easily forgotten.
    When puddles of blood begin to dry…
    a soldiers fate becomes predetermined.
    When the money runs dry…
    hands collapse which were once held out
    for the world pauses to count what it
    cannot afford.


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    InCorRecT PolitIcaLly ;-/ | 17 October 2012 at 6:44 am #

    Savage –

    Monster of my dreams –
    a confused existence of a rough-
    edged railroad failure.
    Shoot me up-
    to dream child/man momma’s boy.
    Come down from your trip to read
    from your dogeared papers which line
    the back pocket bible youv hidden.
    Pray onto me the teachings of your
    gone God – to the beat beat of a cool blue tune.
    Dim-lit and smokers filled to foot tap,
    spinal tap often gone splatt.
    Travel me fast go Man Go !
    Severed states in several hours –
    Dance me down to Chicago, Steven.
    Slow slow quick slow blue eyed wonder –
    lead me thru the final steps of the big
    bad Moon world – you with the young old face.
    Dream me until confused existence – oblivious
    Oblivion – with just one emptied parachute.
    Your gazey trap as a grasp which feels so -so

    IP ¦>\

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    crimson | 17 October 2012 at 8:22 am #

    I loved the first kk album but White Magic seemed watered down and lyrically not as good to me. Needs some backbone or something. I’m hoping the third is up to the high standard set by the first….

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    sharon daniel | 17 October 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    Great to be able to help in a practical way. Very much looking forward to the new album! 🙂

  14. avatar
    Chris | 17 October 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    Addenda 1 @ 2… sk pointillist gems!! Great sweeping lush arrangements…..superb sk insightful subtle poetry in the lyrics…glad I’m a completist….

  15. avatar
    Bernadette Keys | 17 October 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    KK songs at Hamer Hall beautiful.

    Hmmm… thats some poem incorrect politically….curious indeed

  16. avatar
    Chris | 18 October 2012 at 12:32 am #

    ……Christine Keeler rocks!!!

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    Chkns Az OutLaWz =^{ | 18 October 2012 at 12:35 am #


    Spring sparrows still remind me there
    is a spirit___
    That is free.
    And with each labored breath when the
    winters are their brutalist, the holidays
    are just a thing from the past___
    the coldest of winds shall burn
    as the sun kisses each forehead below.
    It’s unimaginable how freedom comes
    As each passing cloud
    enrages the goddess of sky.
    The wind has not abandoned our visits___
    even after being cut apart millions
    upon a million of times.

    OulawChickenSanctuary 2.0
    “ask yourselves why us chickens chose
    not to fly”_______________

  18. avatar
    John Garratt | 18 October 2012 at 12:48 am #

    Just in case anyone didn’t know, and lots of you probably did, the latest album by All India Radio album came out. Here’s my review on PopMatters:

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    Dave evans | 18 October 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Hi steve….looking foward to the third album..loved the first two…are you guys still writing songs for $1000? Would like this to be my contribution…thanks steve

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    Anonymous | 18 October 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    Hi Sk,

    Looking forward to the new release (love the other two). Hope u and Martin perform the new cd in Sydley next year.

    Heard Under the Milky Way on AM radio (2ch) so the Church r covering the airways (AM & FM).

    Saw Icehouse at DY Rsl this week. Iva has still got a remarkable voice (as has your goodself), age is only a number, none of us are slowing down.

    Enjoy Sculpture by the Sea, the musical one in the Park sounds interesting.

    Peace & Love

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    eekie | 18 October 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    Love the Kilbey Kennedy albums…such gorgeous songs.
    Looking very forward to KK3!

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    narelle | 18 October 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    already have both CDs…and the DVD…hope you got your two bobs worth from Red Eye…

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    koala_sprint | 19 October 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    Talking about the comissions, I seem to remember you mentioning that if the person was happy for the track to be made public, you would share it somehow, possibly on a future album.
    Did anyone give their permission and are any on the new album? I also seem to remember some idiot who didn’t like their song.
    I’d happily pay for a cd-r of those songs as my way of donating for the release of the next album.



    • avatar
      DavidP | 26 October 2012 at 10:29 pm #

      KK can use my commission song anytime with a zillion blessings and thanks from me!

  24. Kraig
    Kraig | 26 October 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    Steve…I cannot wait until KK3 is released! The other two albums bring back soooo many good and soothing memories for me and my family, pets, etc. Again, i’ll be promoting and also pledging generously to this cause! Glad to be part of the team! Looking forward to Martin and Your suave cool collective way of doin’ these tunes! Always smooth and no bitter aftertaste, gorgeous and beautiful music! Ahhhh…Refreshing!

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