posted on March 4, 2013 at 2:41 pm
kil/ken i gloria excelsis

kil/ken i gloria excelsis

one of the best records i have ever worked on

you are everything

i loved our first minimalist outing

i thought our second one not quite so good as the first

but this….this….this is a magnificent collection

some people on here dont like me singing the praises of my other collaborators

feeling like “the church is my main axe why dont i just stick to that”

well as i said before

due to many many issues technical personal financial etc

there is no new church album

there still may be one day but really i wouldnt wait for it if i was you

i am telling you this new K/K album is as good as U23 as good as P=A

and even better in some ways…

first of all the sound

simon fucking polinski has given this record a sheen a gloss a depth

its like his whole life has lead up to mixing this

talk about lush talk about luxurious talk about organic

there is a cast of thousands

strings percussion backing vocals woodwinds pianos

i’ll grant you one thing there is no electric guitar interplay a la church

i know some of you love that more than anything else

martin kennedy is no jimi hendrix …ok

what he is is an amazing musical composer

hes taken a great leap forward between this and  “white magic”

an architect of song now

this mild mannered genius disguised as martin kennedy

has wrought 11  sonic masterpieces ; an honour to sing on them

this is like the blue nile or like talk talk or steely dan or something

not in sound but in the intelligence and love and maturity

it deserves to be number one around the whole world

its universal its personal its spiritual its for everyman

hard to believe that we even made this disc

that he came up with this music

that i came up with these words

it will be almost impossible to top this

where after all can you go after something like this

i want to excite you

i want to enthuse you

i want to make you quiver in anticipation

as i deliver possibly my best singing and lyrics

you want word play ?

you want songs where every line is a little fucking gem?

you want resonant deep soft notes and distant high choirs?

you want drugs and sex and love and death and god and all that jazz?

its no longer a pop record

it is beyond that narrow focus

we have stumbled on a universe of beauty here martin n i

not just one of the best records i ever made

one of the best records ever made period.

yes its that good

here is a track by track preview


the record starts with i wouldnt know

a dialogue with the devil

a chat to the cynical doubting darkness

super melodic as is the whole album

backing vocals la ooooh ooooh

pianos bent out of shape

the singing becomes higher and more plaintive as it goes on

wonderful stuff




next up is everyone

kinda like the title track

(but why do i think that)

it starts with that familiar old aussie/english voice

gruff doing a kinda kilbey rap

bitching about everything

the way only a white hippy elijah can

blaming god and even wondering if he exists

a girls voice comes in

“dear father send me money ”

more existential rapping and bitching

then a lovely oboe solo weaves in and out of nylon guitar

and then

and then martin pulls off his trick

where half way through a song changes gear and morphs before our eyes

this happens 3 times on this record

and every time its a corker

but here the shift is incredible

blinded by the holy light

everything swept up in the majestic strings

the prophet suddenly sees his god everywhere

(you are everything)

“hold on youre everyone” he exclaims

and did you ever really hear my voice sounding better than this

i havent

this is real singing

expressing the wonder and hurt of this world

everything swells up around my voice

repeating that simple phrase

the girl joins in

(leona gray)

she sings unison harmony and octave

and the mellotron strings pile in upping the ante



lorelei is a like martin getting in touch

with his inner shoegazer

a huge dreamy soaring chorus

punctuated with twisted darker verses

you’ll hear my voice fucked with and fucked up

i like that

amongst the organic crooning

is some real electro babble

so may it be and so may it rock!


knowing you are in this world

a simple slow song

like spending the afternoon in a quiet monastery garden

or remembering someone who’s gone

or laying your world at someones feet

hushed reverential

you can almost smell the holy roman incense


i find  

weird song

a song about a tourist in trouble

hows this for a clever chorus?

“in brazil the eyes of love are on you

imbecile the highs are right above you”

ive done a remix of this one for the double cd



East side West side


a song of philosophy and hedonism

the second song that changes in the middle

martins music taunt threatening

so often reminding me of low/heroes

indeed david bowie is the godfather of much here

eno n berlin and all that

martin n i both revering krautrock its only natural

but this one is the most germanic of all

and then it changes

and the teutonic stuff all comes back in spades

man i wish i was in Cologne

“its so funny

the clowns that surround you

do you proud”


a better day

bewildered lost dislocated song

strings drifting along

a simple poignant song

always melodic always organic


all the world

starts simply strummed

but evolves into a revolving door of sound

strings and whispered voices come in

echoing things and electro spirit voice

then for the third time a song changes into another

and intersects with itself again

the strings bend in a seasick swoop

cymbals clash and drum machine starts up

effortless crossing merging styles

this is every good “adult contemporary” record you (n)ever heard


brother moon sister sun

a commissioned song martin fell in love with and couldnt let go of it

so he decommissioned it n brought it back in the fold

and its a rousing corker too

with anthemic chorus etc

it deserves to be here after all


cant get free

k/k go prince someone has already said

and who am i to disagree

sexy taut and terrific

one of my real faves!



a twisted creepy little ender

scenes of a distant childhood

or some mad person in a garret?

ooh how strange……


so there you go

you are everything

to me and martin kennedy




CD purchases are available here

Digital downloads here



64 Responses to “you are everything”

  1. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 4 March 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    Thanks guys, I can’t wait! Martin gave me a few options re the song. I don’t know how you’d describe the deal but he repayed me for it. I guess I sold the rights. I then commissioned a portrait from you and put a few hundred dollars back into this album. So do look forward to it greatly and wondering if I’m going to be completely astonished to hear the song I gave birth to (well, in a literal sense and then threw some flowers your way to be pollinated i guess) or something. Anyway, I loved the first rendering despite some confusion about the origins of the lyrics, so I think I’ll either be totally blown away or just sigh a contented ‘yes! that’s it’!? And the rest of it remains to be plundered – at my leisure. A bit time poor today and feeling my age… but awaiting glories…!

  2. avatar
    Fitzy | 4 March 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    Have to admit. Don’t have this one. Going to have fix that now….

    • avatar
      Fitzy | 5 March 2013 at 9:54 am #

      Well, not released till May.
      Pretty obvious why I don’t yet possess it!!!

  3. avatar
    Chris | 4 March 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    Soooo looking forward to experiencing this album….!!

  4. avatar
    Michel | 4 March 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    “You Are Everything”
    Would have been a good name for your musical partnership.
    If I remember well, it is your only collaboration without a real name (except the first gilt-trip album).
    Think of it for the 4th LP 😉
    Concerning this one, “j’en ai l’eau à la bouche” (mouth-watering) !.

    • avatar
      Michel | 5 March 2013 at 11:42 pm #

      Listening to the commissioned song Martin and you kindly made for me (the best song ever made, of course !), I have found a name for your partnership :
      The Magicians !
      Now I am even more impatient to discover “You Are Everything” and I am one of the happy few to guess how essential it will be…

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        Admin | 6 March 2013 at 7:00 am #


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          Michel | 6 March 2013 at 10:20 pm #

          “it’s like the rainbow that stretches without end
          it’s like echoes out in time that you send”
          This song is pure SK poetry driven by beauti-power-ful MK music to…eternity.
          I cannot be the only one to possess it (unfortunately, l’éternité is not my destiny) so consider it decommissionned and eternally yours again. The rest of the world must know it, and I am sure Steven Krut will be inspired to turn it into a nice video !

  5. avatar
    Steven Krut | 4 March 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    I also felt the second one was missing something. The first one was more organic, whereas the second one felt more deliberately crafted. This third one sounds like the first album taken to a higher level. Your description of it sure is intriguing. I can easily believe that it is as good as you say. Really, from the moment I first read several months ago that you and Martin were taking it in a more spiritual direction, I had a good vibe about it. I can’t wait to hear it!

  6. avatar
    eekie | 4 March 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    Good god I hope I like it. I’ll feel like such a failure if I don’t….

    But considering I always notice how gorgeous your voice is on the previous Kilbey Kennedy songs I think there’s a pretty good chance I’ll be pleased.

  7. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen | 4 March 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    Sounds absolutely wonderful. I’m very excited! I just hope I’ll be able to buy it on Amazon. I want the physical version, hate downloads!

    • Kraig
      Kraig | 5 March 2013 at 7:27 pm #

      Why buy on Amazon when you can get it straight from Martin or Steve with flavor?

  8. avatar
    hellbound heart | 4 March 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    ok ok ok!!!!
    I got my name on a pre-order….now’s the hard part
    the WAITING!!!!!

  9. avatar
    ticktockclarice | 5 March 2013 at 12:43 am #

    “In Brazil the eyes of love are on you, imbecile the highs are right above you”….It is this phrase that encompasses my love for your talent above all else. Sometimes, and i deeply apologize, but your work without The Church is just a little disappointing to me, such as the work of George Harrison after he met the Mahareshi must’ve been to Beatles fans. I’m sure in his mind it was deeper and more heartfelt and more “plugged into the universe” (and of course it WAS!) than that of his shallow pop Beatles days was but the Beatles fans just wanted more jangly, delightful pop melodies and didn’t seriously appreciate the scope of his solo work until after his death. But though the music might not be as immediately catchy on your solo releases as with The Church, your lyrics are, as always, without peer and probe the deeper truths of life, the universe and everything in a way that a Taylor Swift, or One Direction or even a band that you might have some appreciation for (not sure who that would be these days) just cannot even approach…we stand in awe, you lyrical Dickens or Orwell (but with a Fender)…sorry, i’ve just finished reading Caitlin Moran’s Moranthology which is pretty much the funniest thing i’ve ever read, disregarding some of these blogs and am borrowing heavily…anyway, i’m just pretty happy that the “cynical doubting darkness” is a phrase i’m familiar with due to my dear Captain Kilbey leading me through the linguistic lowlands……Oh Captain Kilbey/Kennedy, my Captain…

  10. avatar
    ticktockclarice | 5 March 2013 at 1:17 am #

    btw, one of my favourite pieces of writing EVER in recent history was Caitlin Moran writing about a meeting with Keith Richards and describing how the song “Gimme Shelter” “made landfall”….and Keith subsequently describing how you had to be up late at night coz these songs were just zinging about the ether waiting to be grabbed. Is that how you feel about your masterpieces Sir Steven? Coz i feel strangely robbed. The air around me feels disappointingly normal and “masterpiece” free…

  11. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 5 March 2013 at 5:28 am #

    I really like the first two KK albums but Isidore is truly on a par with The Church.

  12. avatar
    hippy | 5 March 2013 at 7:03 am #

    Well Ian McCulloch said “Ocean Rain” was “the greatest album ever made” and he was off by (way) more than a mile, but if you say this one is one of the greatest I think I feel more comfortable with that assessment. Can’t wait to hear it!

    • avatar
      Admin | 5 March 2013 at 12:36 pm #

      i think it is that good . yes. i hope.

    • avatar
      Jonathan Andrews | 6 March 2013 at 12:08 am #

      Exactly! The first thing that came to my mind upon reading this was Ian McCulloch. I believe Steve has mentioned some disdain for the bloke but I love Ian’s work. AMAZING artist in my life.

  13. avatar
    andy | 5 March 2013 at 9:26 am #

    ‘one of the best records i have ever worked on’

    ‘this is a magnificent collection’

    ‘simon fucking polinski has given this record a sheen a gloss a depth
    its like his whole life has lead up to mixing this’

    ’11 sonic masterpieces’

    ‘it deserves to be number one around the whole world’

    ‘we have stumbled on a universe of beauty here martin n i’

    ‘not just one of the best records i ever made
    one of the best records ever made period. yes its that good’

    hmmmmm….. it had best be something very special indeed after making claims as extravagant as these killer.
    if not,these statements(in the hands of some grotty press wag)will surely come back to haunt you.
    you did not enthuse like this over ‘the idylist’ which is quite easliy your best non-church related work to date.
    curious indeed…………

    and…cheeky bugger that i am…may i just mention that ‘the failed’ have now become ‘nepenthine’ and will be known as such until the day we finaly expire.
    we now actually appear on internet search engines so perhaps may at last get a listen or two(we’re even going to be on a few radio shows!)
    and furthermore may i now publicly state that in my humble opinion we are the best band in this or any other universe(other than the church of course)
    and our forthcoming album is an astonishing masterpiece that will change lives forever!
    no ego on show on this blog today then eh?

    • avatar
      Admin | 5 March 2013 at 12:35 pm #

      lets call our selves the modesty brothers. good luck with nepenthine. good name!
      btw the album IS that good!

      • avatar
        andy | 5 March 2013 at 7:17 pm #

        ALL your stuff is good…you know i’m only pulling your leg.
        so many projects whizzing around your head at the moment!
        don’t get dizzy….

    • Kraig
      Kraig | 5 March 2013 at 7:34 pm #

      Andy, How do i get a copy of your record to take a listen? Where to buy or listen? Cheers and thanks! Kraig

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        andy | 6 March 2013 at 9:49 am #

        have a listen here Kraig:
        we hope to follow steve’s lead and put the ‘Nepenthine’ album out on bandcamp and on CD too.
        it’s very nearly finished, so should be out soon.
        steve has been very kind, dubbing us ‘essential listening’ for which
        i can never thank him enough.
        love ya killer!

        • Kraig
          Kraig | 7 March 2013 at 5:36 pm #

          Cool Andy! Thanks! Listened and Like! Very RAW and Dee-Lish! Want More and let me know when you have that CD ready bro!? BTW, who’s singing on ‘Into The Light’? Really like that cut man. I also like the rawness of ‘Found’ & ‘The Fear Inside’…are those demos or will that be like the album?…NICE! Great videos too, looks cool! You guys have a website or something? Tried googling it but came up with other stuff? I’m stupid, but which instrument you play? Keep it up Andy my Man! Sorry Steve don’t mean to use your Blog as a post for this but i feel it relates to all the wonderful things happening at The Time Being! Cheers, Prost, Priest=Puff Puff

  14. avatar
    Günter | 5 March 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    Looking forward to this album.
    The words in Knowing You Are In This World really moved me.
    Esp. keen to hear East Side West Side as you maybe know i’m living very near
    to Cologne.

    Little question:
    Are there still plans to release the KK commissioned songs at some point,
    ’cause what i heard so far sounds pretty good too?

    • avatar
      Admin | 6 March 2013 at 7:01 am #

      the kk commissioned album will be released!

      • avatar
        koala_sprint | 8 March 2013 at 6:20 pm #

        I love being able to sign into here, read a one liner and have it make my day. Thanks Steve.

        By the way, you’ve mentioned about a double CD release. How do we pre-order that?


  15. Kraig
    Kraig | 5 March 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    Martin and Steve,

    From what i’ve heard so far from all of the pledge posts, samples, youtube vids, and updates…you are exactly spot on precisely correct my dear fellow cosmonauts! I can’t wait to fly away to the vast Kilbey Kennedy Universe with this star record! Glad i pledged handsomly and looking forward to the dee-lish cosmic buffet that awaits…Cheers and Prost!

    Your Friend from Over Yonder the Pacific,

    • Kraig
      Kraig | 5 March 2013 at 7:48 pm #

      …I just love Martin’s compositions and music, it calms the soul and energizes the spirit, makes you feel and think, and with the Kilbey voice attached you complete the composition(s) like a sunrise and sunset complete a perfect day 🙂

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 March 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    Classic SK sing-speak (your phrase, not mine!) beats anybody’s ‘real singing’ though – hope there’s plenty of the former too.

  17. avatar
    Stephend2112 | 5 March 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    Well obviously I’m buying this, but getting error code 503 when I try.

  18. avatar
    Jonathan Andrews | 6 March 2013 at 12:13 am #

    Will a 2-disk version be released at some point?

  19. avatar
    hippy | 6 March 2013 at 4:06 am #

    When I read S. Polinski was involved I knew it would be something extra special.

  20. avatar
    KevinN | 6 March 2013 at 11:54 pm #

    I just purchased my copy. Really looking forward to this one. I loved KK1, though find it a bit uneven in places. Its a very good album. I like KK2, but there is something missing there. I listen to it much less often then KK1. But I am quite certain I will fall in love with KK3. I will now cease from hearing any further tracks until my cd arrives, and I can take the whole album in. Greatly looking forward to it.

  21. avatar
    davem | 7 March 2013 at 5:12 am #

    There is a 2-disc version for pledgers – that’s what I’ve gone for.
    I can’t wait to hear this. It’s nice to hear you so excited about it.
    I just wish we could have some good news about our band to top it all off.

  22. avatar
    M E M | 7 March 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    iii need 2 right u something in code an soon…

  23. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 8 March 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Playing at Ballet:

    She couldn’t say
    or know well
    if her drive
    to direct the girl
    to America, Europe even Melbourne
    was a desire
    to escape her own shell.
    She discovered once when one
    city seemed like hell
    substituting the other
    worked quite well
    if even just overnight.
    She tried it once.
    She accompanied him.
    He left her during the day
    to find her own way
    and she did –
    straying all over the place.
    Wending a vague way in a strange place.
    And the escape was like
    years and continents away
    but couldn’t stay…
    a few years later
    she contemplated
    a similar escapade
    but never made headway.
    So today
    she trades here
    for fantasies of there
    at land’s end
    at the weekend
    this time travelling alone
    hoping maybe
    to see a friend from home.

  24. avatar
    M E M | 8 March 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    i keep forgetting. I’m the beggar in the streets. difool

  25. avatar
    . | 9 March 2013 at 4:28 am #

    i’m traveling towards the twin stars
    with music in my capsule, i’ve come too far…
    you are everything is a work of art
    let it comfort me as old friends depart…
    alone in the void of space, the music and words call out…
    steering me to the light, i hope the craft doesn’t come apart…
    you are everything is a verse of sonic scripture…
    i’ll get mine, you get yours…

  26. avatar
    Pickle | 9 March 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    Can’t wait for it to arrive

  27. avatar
    Ezikiel the wheel | 10 March 2013 at 7:02 am #

    As per usual, I look forward to this but how could it be better than Isidore 1? I’ve got to say, for me, ALL of your collaborations pale to that. That was close to perfection and I have found the Kennedy collaborations nowwhere near as good.
    Still, I will buy it and I will try to have an open mind about it.

  28. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 10 March 2013 at 9:50 am #

    Talk Talk

    Just read an interview with Mark Hollis in 1991. He was the reclusive leader and vocalist of Talk Talk He stated that he was vegetarian after doing much research. If still true that would be a welcome addition to the many great musical talents that will not harm animals (SK, MACCA, C, Hynde, J.Beck. Tom Scholz, MOZ, S.Howe, kd lang and many others. Even far out Julian Cope and Captain Sensible.

    • avatar
      andy | 12 March 2013 at 9:34 am #

      both talk talk and the blue nile were extraordinary outfits.

  29. avatar
    Angus J | 10 March 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    thanks for mentioning the Blue Nile album “Walk Across the Rooftops” recently – just got this album and it’s brilliant.

  30. avatar
    davem | 11 March 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    Good luck with the chrunch gig today.
    I so hope you can all find a way forward.

  31. avatar
    John Garratt | 12 March 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Will it be available to the usual media outlets? When “White Magic” was up for grabs at PopMatters, I volunteered…obviously did not get it. Perhaps I will get the assignment this time.

    I recently purchased the download for “The Idyllist”. Don’t know what to think just yet. Then again, I didn’t know what to think of “Unearthed” and “Painkiller” when I first heard them either.

    Hope everything is okay with the band.


  32. avatar
    Heather Daydream | 12 March 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    gig went down a treat. Lovely to see crowd silhouetted against the clearsky sunset and, at darkness, dancing, cheering and waving little lights as unguarded moment drifted up into the stars. Band in good spirits.

  33. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 13 March 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    (tremolo tremens)

  34. avatar
    GORDON FROM SCOTLAND | 14 March 2013 at 7:21 am #

    Hi Steve,
    just listened to ” I wouldn’t Know”. Sublime music, and your voice just gets better. No need to sing in front of noisy guitars. After hearing this first song I know its gonna be a classic. Could I ask you couple of things please.
    1. this is the end of the trilogy, but you will be working together again?
    2. it mentions on the website the double CD for sale, but no mention of a download version. I take it this is just a matter of time?
    Take care

    • avatar
      Admin | 14 March 2013 at 5:05 pm #

      1 its the end of the trilogy and the beginning of the future so
      2 i guess we will go on working together
      i think we have an ever fruitful partnership going here
      definitely an ongoing thing whatever does or doesnt happen i think

      • avatar
        Gordon from Scotland | 15 March 2013 at 7:01 am #

        Thanks for replying Steve. Can’t wait for this album. Enjoy your upcoming acting shows.
        Take care

  35. avatar
    berogue | 24 March 2013 at 2:52 am #

    You boys I want need you to your America more specially you are everything

  36. avatar
    Blessed One | 26 May 2013 at 3:28 am #

    amazing album , beautiful guys

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