posted on August 31, 2007 at 2:57 am

ive never met martin kennedy
ive never seen him
or spoken to him on the phone
i aint even ever emailed him
i wouldnt know him from adam
however he and i have created this very nice little record together
oh its a lovely record
unlike my painkiller record it is not self indulgent jamming juggernaut
it is not space rock
it is not harsh or wild or heavy or anything
its kinda easy on the ears actually
its not difficult to understand
theres 13 songs altogether
mk is mixing it with someone in melby
jlk provides b vox, choirs and spiritual guidance on all things vox
miranda jk does some singing on one track
mk always providing simple subtle songscapes
faraway voices when youre not expecting em
little sounds halfway between a voice and a trumpet
little trumpetlike things commenting in some alien language
like on
*my will be yours*
a jazzy late night bleary eyed creature
electric piano
haunting stringvoiced voices
sk comes in
worldweary and tired
my will be yours
you will be mine
i will lose all that i will find
the music rolls away from his words in sad waves of memory
the trumpet voiced sprite joins in
half mocking half sympathetic
you can almost hear a familiar word in there
it segues into
*stretch into the stars*
which is a slow burning piece
gradually gaining a theatrical momentum
sks sings
the night you sold me
i was frozen like the stars
you might have told me
that our love would last
jlks voices curl and whisper like malevolent spirits
the song becomes a swaying tower of voices
sk whistles his lonely theme
in some dark autumnal euro cityscape
mks guitar playing throughout
is meticulous elegance in simplicity
it drones and chimes and tinkles and soars
a master of subtle arts mk has learned all his lessons well
never overplaying his hand
his music is glowing in mysterious openess
pop music which is anything but.
a master song architect
these pieces drip effortlessly from him
never sounding forced
never sounding tired
his music is familiar but completely his own
he has his own mojo going
its not a rockstar ego me me me brassy blast
its a craftsman
only his craft is honing the most subtle backing tracks
for someone like me to sing upon
like *another place*
another place another score
im a stranger at your door
go the words
piano and violins
a squirmy little synth
the choruses becoming lush
at the end a kinda key change
and a new affirmation
but it ends on a bluesy feel
*uh i dunno*
actually rocks pretty hard, baby
overshot my sarky (sake?)
awkward old malarkey
sings your humble hero
and lo the bass doth throb
what you wanna do asks the falsetto chorus
uh i dunno replies bewildered sk
*thought of leaving*
another smoulderer
if you were really like you said
i’d put an arrow to your head
and i’d pull the string
everytime i sing
the songs have something of a showtune feel
compounded by trumpets which often appear
playing jazzy solos and pissing off again
*all is one*
has semi religious bent
and lover warning his beloved
that he is her only hope of salvation
and hinting at his own buddha like aspirations
while mk provides an almost western ambience
feedback loops tamed sweeten the electronic haze
those half voice half trumpet things return blowing/singing
a mournful melody
2s an illusion now
i sing
spirit come and fill me now
spirit come and take me now
as the music changes gear into a coda
its lovely stuff indeedy if i may say so
*love increased*
is another wide screen biblical number
ghostly voicestrings like heat rising off sand
the wedding feast
the love increased
the wedding bed
the fire fed
i intone in a patti smith-ish poem at the end
a girls voice singing a lovely melody
the trumpet appears in echo
kahil gibran stuff i guess
a time of joy
pure unalloyed
a time of peace
the love increased
i almost believe it myself
it goes down very easily
i can tell you
*the other place*
(as opposed to another place)
has mks characteristic morse code blips in rhythm
simple subtle melodic gorgeous
his soundscapes are a pleasure to wander in
they inspire words like rain inspires flowers
*friends are gone*
the saddest song
a piano a melody
electronic phase shifting haze scrapes by
sks voice desolate weary
theres always someone hiding behind you
and i dont understand
the lie of the land
all the music exactly where it should be
accoustic guitars strum away
its all immaculate
wonderfully conceived
brilliantly executed
mk has provided moody wonderful music
i tried to match it with some singing
i think this is lovely record for lovers
for enjoying lonely bittersweet fruits of love
it is guaranteed to be an appropo soundtrack
night music
but day music too
music with lots of places to get lost in
thats some of the songs

63 Responses to “k/k”

  1. avatar
    eek | 31 August 2007 at 4:57 am #

    Sounds lovely. 🙂

    Don’t answer if you don’t wish to (as if you would! haha!), but as I was reading I wondered who chose the song titles?

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2007 at 5:18 am #

    sounds simply and utterly gorgeous SK!…where do I get me one of those?…have a smashing day!,as always,gen xxxxx

  3. avatar
    Olde Amps | 31 August 2007 at 5:49 am #

    I want to buy this bastard!!!!!!

    Tell us when and how and more.

    And what about Painkiller? I want that prick too.

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2007 at 5:49 am #

    Most excellent news SK- I’d better get myself to the Rodeo Beach soon….feeling…a…little…faint *-)

  5. avatar
    skyintheairwaves | 31 August 2007 at 6:09 am #

    can’t wait fer these rekkids!

    Will it be this year?

  6. avatar
    damien | 31 August 2007 at 6:14 am #

    Didn’t you used to say that talking about your music could only demystify it?


  7. avatar
    mattdavison | 31 August 2007 at 6:21 am #

    They just keep coming… I can’t keep up. Working on a lovely accompaniment (spelling check) to the Killer portfolio of magic.

    Still trying to get hold of BW2B.. and Beside yrself,,

    matt davison

  8. avatar
    fantasticandy | 31 August 2007 at 6:41 am #

    i’m all sticky now.

    andy L.

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2007 at 6:43 am #

    Oooh, I love the sound of this record alot sk. I can’t believe you’ve done this recording without even meeting or talking to that guy! Thanks for the sneak-peek today. MK better organise a cd launch here, with the one and only on vocals of course…pleeease
    Love fromprincess

  10. avatar
    Faye | 31 August 2007 at 6:47 am #

    SMILING..from ear to hear..,to ‘n’ from.. here!…can’t wait Killer! xo

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2007 at 7:56 am #

    Steve, you’re a tease. Can’t wait to hear the new records. I’m DYING here…Thomas Thomsen, Denmark.

  12. avatar
    impressed | 31 August 2007 at 8:20 am #

    Steve, I’ve never known anyone else who can create such anticipation for an impending album like you.

  13. avatar
    Magic bubble gum | 31 August 2007 at 8:33 am #


  14. avatar
    craig1.618 | 31 August 2007 at 8:56 am #

    listening to “all is one” as I write this…..really groovy song……i keep hitting repeat

    lions laying with lambs and giants walking the earth again

    hey fellow fiends…..go check it out for your fiendish selves at

  15. avatar
    woodsprite | 31 August 2007 at 9:00 am #

    Wow, trumpet-voiced sprites. When do we get to hear these songs?

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2007 at 10:54 am #

    Thanks for that link Craig, I just had a few loud listens on the headphones, wow!!, lovely, dreamy stuff indeedy sk! The Kilbey voices rule yeah!
    Love Amanda

  17. avatar
    the magic bubble gum | 31 August 2007 at 11:11 am #

    sparkling sparkley sparkle….sparkling…!*

  18. avatar
    restaurant mark | 31 August 2007 at 12:19 pm #

    that sounds beautiful…can’t wait!

    take care

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2007 at 12:31 pm #

    Thank you for a very generous peek into the creation process of what sounds to be a great record.

    Tampa, Fl

  20. avatar
    isolde | 31 August 2007 at 1:50 pm #

    meeting people is sooohhhh 20th century

  21. avatar
    JJ | 31 August 2007 at 2:00 pm #

    He comes in singing…stoned, immaculate, where out on the perimeter there are no stars.

    When will it be released?

  22. avatar
    CSTCoach | 31 August 2007 at 2:06 pm #

    Sounds like an incredible project, killa!

    “music with lots of places to get lost in”

    Really love that sorta thing. That’s why your music accompanies me on every journey. Hopping the pond to do a couple training seminars in europe next month, then taking off for a bit of a journey. Mimesis will definitely be on the pod for that one, and a several more choice albums, as well as other sk spacerock recommendations…



    -ps- thanks so much for the link Craig. Bless your fiend-ish heart. Just downloaded it – jesus, its a beautiful song… the vocals are sublime, the music subtle and enveloping… gotta give it a more listens and go deeper…

  23. avatar
    nickFiction | 31 August 2007 at 2:12 pm #

    when is this available?

  24. avatar
    just like heaven | 31 August 2007 at 2:15 pm #

    beautiful Steve!…this is a pleasure to read..but my stereo is starving…..Soon? sounds insanely brilliant…

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2007 at 2:35 pm #

    SK,we want the music,so we can dream,instead of working for a while…tell us when you are gonna release it,and i’ll ask the boss for some time off,to disappear into the garden with the speakers on the lawn…x

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2007 at 2:36 pm #

    Put a track on your myspace site pretty please?

  27. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 31 August 2007 at 2:42 pm #

    Matt Davidson you must obtain “Beside Yourself”, it is arguably the best CHurch CD from my rigid perspective(It’s very ethereal, mesmerizing and reflective). I hope the new CD is half as good as Isidore, then I will be enthralled. I hope SK sings all the time. He’s too dynamic of a vocalist to do “spoken word” CDS. I am probably the only commentor that did not enjoy the 2007 spoken word CD. I love every other Church and SK CD. Last night “Unearthed” permeated my abode with lush, mellow, audio intoxication. The “Easy” CD single was great too with the accompanying live tracks performed with stellar perfection.

  28. avatar
    craig1.618 | 31 August 2007 at 3:31 pm #

    you’re all very welcome……’s a fantastic song!!

    i consider that phrase “all is one” to be very special

    at the end of all this in some other realm if i’m asked to summarize my existence or describe what i’ve learned here

    perhaps even the elusive answer to the sphinx’s riddle

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2007 at 3:45 pm #

    beautiful one ,SK….xo

  30. avatar
    knot afraid | 31 August 2007 at 4:00 pm #

    there is magic in getting lost
    and gravity in staying there

  31. avatar
    verdelay | 31 August 2007 at 4:04 pm #

    Ah-ha! There! see?

    You’re getting excited by it.

    That’s all it takes.

  32. avatar
    persephone2u | 31 August 2007 at 4:10 pm #

    Such a luvverly description! And just in time for some dark otherworldly autumn music, too. Perfect for the underworld.

  33. avatar
    CSTCoach | 31 August 2007 at 4:20 pm #

    hey fiendds…

    just came across a track called Fall Away by SK and Peter Koppes….

    Anyone know where/when its from?



  34. avatar
    davem | 31 August 2007 at 5:11 pm #

    What a year it’s going to be!! Thank-you SK!!!!
    Ryan – Is it Margot Smith? Fall Down? I think SK & PK were both involved in that, but there are folks here who’ll know far better than me! Hurts me to say it but true.
    And Matt if you can’t wait for ChurchMerch to come back on I’m sure Nick at Heyday will have both. Great site for all Church-related stuff but no doubts less dosh for the band.

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2007 at 6:17 pm #

    HAPPY PAY DAY hollyweird!

  36. avatar
    gareth,notts | 31 August 2007 at 6:19 pm #

    after that description,i’m gagging for the new cd! parts of the description reminded me of ‘And The Glass Handed Kites’ by Mew,one song blends into the next unbroken throughout the album aswell…on a different matter,and i know from when we spoke before that you’re not exactly a fan but i went to see the Hoodoo Gurus in Nottingham last night and they were great! and filled the venue-Rescue Rooms-so i’m sure The Church could pack it to the rafters!…and therefore should play in Nottingham next time!;)

  37. avatar
    davem | 31 August 2007 at 7:53 pm #

    I’m backing The Choice in Nottingham campaign.
    Oh, and Happy B’day Jonny.
    If you’d put your birthday on your Myspace page I would’ve done it in a more timely fashion!! Cheer up and get some cake down your neck!!!

  38. avatar
    davem | 31 August 2007 at 7:54 pm #

    I’m backing The Choice in Nottingham campaign.
    Oh, and Happy B’day Jonny.
    If you’d put your birthday on your Myspace page I would’ve done it in a more timely fashion!! Cheer up and get some cake down your neck!!!

  39. avatar
    CSTCoach | 31 August 2007 at 8:24 pm #

    “Ryan – Is it Margot Smith? Fall Down? I think SK & PK were both involved in that, but there are folks here who’ll know far better than me! Hurts me to say it but true.”

    Hey Dave – no, SK on vocals. never heard this one before.

  40. avatar
    davem | 31 August 2007 at 8:36 pm #

    Ryan – I’m sure if you put that on the womb you’d get an answer within seconds!!

  41. avatar
    steve kilbey | 31 August 2007 at 9:51 pm #

    fall away is an early church song
    we cannabalised the outro
    for the chorus of already yesterday
    fall away was actually recorded for osah
    but canned for its blatant commercialness
    there also exists a demo version

  42. avatar
    jeanz | 31 August 2007 at 10:03 pm #

    ah just listened to ‘all is one.’
    what a brilliant collaboration.
    Your voice over MK’s exquisite guitar playing and his now vintage sneer drum timbre.
    just wonderful
    cant wait for the rest


  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2007 at 10:09 pm #

    oooh sk when you talk about your own music, i just get giddy.


  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2007 at 10:57 pm #

    good morning Mr.Kilbey!…a lush Saturday morning,to you!…can’t wait for the music!…xxxxxloving it!and you,and my coffee,on this sleepy morning,as always,gen xxxxx

  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2007 at 11:34 pm #

    Hi sk, “pinch-punch first of the month”, and what a special month it’s gonna be! Your birthday, gig in Melby (well that’s special for me anyway ha ha), gig in Brissy, The Church starting their new recording (right????), release of “Painkiller”, wow, it’s all too much!!
    Enjoy the sunshine, sunshine!
    love from your pal, Amanda

  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 September 2007 at 12:05 am #

    Here, I’m gracious for your updates.
    I arrived in the San Fran bay area in 2000, only to sense the flight of The Church who exit stage…
    They’re missed here and it must be so nice.
    Hmm, about his calves: have you noticed if he shaves them?

    A lovely labor day weekend to everyone!

  47. avatar
    CSTCoach | 1 September 2007 at 12:13 am #

    “fall away is an early church song”

    Thanks druid. 🙂

    Very cool to stumble across a rarity like this. Like being an archaeologist, digging through layers of echoes – specially when the reverb comes out in already yesterday (one of my favorite early church songs, actually).


  48. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 1 September 2007 at 12:19 am #

    The All Music Guide is very informative but inauspiciously vacillating and convoluted. In the recent hard edition of the book a “musically challenged” reviewer only gave Priest=Aura a paltry 2 stars. Yesterday, I went to their website, printed a glowing review of Priest=Aura and noticed the much better 4 star rating. They dig all the Church’s CDs but they can’t be forgiven for only giving “Hologram of Baal” and ” After Everthing Now This” 3 stars. Both are five star gems. On the bright side they repeatedly state that The CHurch is still getting better and better with age all the way up to El Momento Siguiente. SK, The Church and Jeff Beck become even more refined with time akin to vintage wine. It’s a three day weekend for us Americans and tomorrow I have to sit amidst 40,000 screaming baseball fans. Zanax will be my chemical God !! Sorry, I just remembered, THIS IS NOT MY BLOG!

  49. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 September 2007 at 12:49 am #

    Art? you’re naughty!…don’t think there could be anything as smooth as SK’s magic,though…xxxlove,genx xxx

  50. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 September 2007 at 1:09 am #

    Nice and hairy, as a man should be!

  51. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 September 2007 at 1:19 am #

    …perfect,SK! got us all going now!..mix it,twist it,do what you gotta do…then release it,asap…please??…./cw

  52. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 September 2007 at 1:26 am #

    Just checking!! Ohh, I made a naughty comment?!! Most men on bikes here shave their legs, just an observation. genx..I have a continuous search for such evocatives…

    Brien C,
    Steve’s voice makes my heart go thumpity thump spoken or sang.


  53. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 September 2007 at 2:13 am #

    Art…I never understood the “hairless man” thing……I don’t know who originally said it but,i always liked it when my grandfather used to reminisce about the swing and dance halls of the 30’s n 40’s..he’d say”when women were women,and men wore hats”…love to you!..mmm and the killer voice is a real heart thumper,Yes!…couldn’t deny that, my sweetArt!,genxxx..p.s. am off to a dinner party tonight in a highrise,on the river,to observe a fireworks display,to mark the spring…jets,and music,and the rare air..exciting stuff!

  54. avatar
    JONNY NOT SO HOLLYWOOD | 1 September 2007 at 2:58 am #

    Hey Esskay…
    Whatever happened to the fall Magnetic Strip Electric Tour in the US? And why am I being punished for writing my life story just for you? Mary and I are not going to get back together this time so please help me not lose my mind once again. I can’t take much more of this. It hurts!!! Oh yeah, Happy Birthday to me, the one and only nothing…

  55. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 September 2007 at 4:36 am #

    Steve is the music, no doubt about that my dearest Genx…Sounds like you’ll have a stunning night!! I’m missing our fleet week, the fly=bys have been cancelled! gasp. My blue angels have been mysteriously complained about…Maybe they buzzed the Trans America building too much. Please remind me of your city?

    Me, it’s a heatwave of a Friday night. sigh. I’ll need the rest for the upcoming weekend! Cheers to all in Austrailia…may the spring keep you warm.


  56. avatar
    there was a song like the song you sing ten thousand things would come into being before our very is | 1 September 2007 at 4:44 am #

    ive come in
    please forgive me

    my things are strune

    like the time
    i died

    the moment
    changed me

    but still
    all things
    about me

    are the same
    and now even seems
    more the same

    than it has always
    and it scares

    and inspires
    here there

    late for that
    i want more of this

    it is our decesion
    take it

    or leave

  57. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 September 2007 at 5:24 am #

    Art…am definitely going to have a lovely night…there’s somethingso electrifying about fireworks…new years eve,to wash the old year away….the spring festival,to symbolize rebirth…and so on…luckily, where i live,the society and govt. are cautious,but not too tainted by world events,and we can still enjoy the jets fly-by…there is always a big glimmer of hope for the human race…….as long as we keep the music, the love and the dance…i believe that anything can be achieved…love ya Miss Art! xxx genx

  58. avatar
    timf | 1 September 2007 at 5:27 am #

    started reading your blog today and had to stop…i don’t want to spoil the surprise my ears and soul are in for…release the cocksucker already!
    luv tim

  59. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 September 2007 at 6:05 am #

    interested to know more about your place and events.
    i feel relatively unscathed here
    the city will be closed to traffic over the golden gate and the bay bridge
    anyway…we’ll have a Heyday along side ya! Music in the Golden Gate park and and a huge Art fest in Sausalito.

    I’m saturated with new music Steve, thank you for giving so very much of it. It’s so exciting that you’re making more! I’m a patient person…I’ll wait.

    what’s this, the more you change the more it’s the same sort of thing?

    ‘we have to be the change we believe in’
    I’ll avoid who said that, I like it though.


  60. avatar
    lily was here | 2 September 2007 at 6:40 am #

    “music with lots of places to get lost in”

    Steve, that is EXACTLY what I crave from you & what you deliver

    Sue xxx

  61. avatar
    Martin L Kennedy | 3 September 2007 at 5:47 am #

    as craig1.618 mentioned earlier, you can hear a track here
    It’s unmixed and I’ll probably get a serious arse-kicking from SK & JLK for letting an unpolished gem out of the box, but I liked it so much I couldnt help but let it slip out! The album will be mixed October / November and it should be out very early 08.
    I’ll post more tracks as they progress through the mixing porcess.
    – Martin

  62. avatar
    lily was here | 3 September 2007 at 8:32 am #

    Thanks Martin, gorgeous track. I hope the only thing that kicks ass is the music 🙂


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