Kilbey Kennedy — „Jupiter 13“ (March 5, 2021)
Location: Hobart, Australia
Album release: March 5, 2021
Record Label: Foghorn Records
01. Prologue 1:22
02. ADSR 4:20
03. Rendezvous 4:44
04. Jupiter 13 9:19
05. Circus 3:06
06. We are Missing 3:55
07. Insane 3:47
08. Halfway 3:57
09. No Attachment 5:02
10. Holiday 4:20
11. Aetolia 4:31
12. Liquorice Comfits 5:53
13. Epilogue 10:50
• Acoustic Guitar [Solo]: Gareth Koch
• Piano: Josh Roydhouse
• Backing Vocals: Anna Waugh (2), Leona Gray (3, 10), Anastasia Badina (4), Rowan Smith (8).
♠ Written and performed by Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy.
♠ Music recorded in Tasmania. Vocals recorded at Damien Gerard Studios, West Gosford. Mixed by Andrew Beck. Mastered by Simon Polinski. Artwork by Keith Donald. Band logo by Informal.
♠ Special thanks to Martin Russell for lyrics transcriptions.
♠ Huge thanks to Keith, Gareth, Anna, Leona, Rowan, Stefan, Josh, Andrew, Marshall, Simon, Clint.
♠ Patreon executive producers: Michael Schmidt, Michael Holmes, Gary Mccluskey, Sean Fredrick, Kevyn Marshall, Robert f. Blumschein, Dave Stewart, Andrew Curtis, Randy LeMasters, Karl Scutt, Carl Koontz, Jeremy Gunkel, Rhonda Schuldt.
ARUN KENDALL ⌊FEB. 14, 2021⌋ Score: 9.5
♠ If there was any doubt about the ability of The Church’s Steve Kilbey to eat, sleep and dream brilliant music without limit, this new album with long time collaborator Martin Kennedy is proof. Kilbey is without doubt the hardest working musician in the business — but extraordinarily there is absolutely no dilution of quality. One of his greatest strengths is his ability to collaborate with the best — augmenting and magnifying the end result. He has worked frequently with Martin Kennedy under the Kilbey/Kennedy moniker and this new release is just magnificent.
♠ Jupiter 13 is a statuesque work of art: 12 standard songs and a spooky spoken word prologue and epilogue (reappearing in parts in the title track) that bleed with gorgeous layers of sounds and melody.
♠ Kilbey spent last year rolling out a series of brilliant albums — both by himself and with Gareth Koch while working on the next The Church album. Kennedy recorded the bulk of the album’s instruments from his home in Tasmania before presenting the work to Kilbey for the vocals and final recording in Sydney.
♠ The result is perhaps close to a concept album about a mysterious event with a sci~fi tone and Kilbey’s unique sense of storytelling — psychedelic musings that are spiritual, alien and euphoric.
♠ There are many corpuscles in the blood running through the veins of this album — the psychedelia of Pink Floyd, the archness and theatricality of David Bowie and a whole generation of shoegaze and dream pop — from (obviously) The Church through to Ride, Cocteau Twins and The Verve. And at the heart, graceful melodies that tighten the throat and flutter the heart.
♠ Tracks like ‘Circus’ are classic driving indie pop that reflects a Churchian jangle and melody — indelible choruses and mountain~high walls of guitars and controlled feedback. ‘We Are Missing’ and ‘Insane’ are hugely anthemic — imperial and majestic tracks that makes the heart beat faster.
♠ The title track is nine spectacular minutes of psychedelia and unnerving spoken tracks.
♠ ‘No Attachment’ is a more reflective track but still manages to exude a incredible presence with its sombre strings and measured pace. ‘Holiday’ continues with this reverie, featuring glorious choirs, gently picked guitars and Kilbey’s unique voice that coalesces into a celestial chorus. Just breathtaking.
♠ ‘Liquorice Comfits’ is a psychedelic swirl with its mix of unnerving speaking tracks and chanted chorus.
♠ This is a magnificent album — an enormously successful collaboration between two maestros of composition and exposition. ‘Jupiter 13’ is packed full of stadium~filling anthems with melody and poise while at the same time creating something alien, unnerving and wonderful in its shimmering sci~fi psychedelia.
⊕ A foreseeable calamity. A triumph of science.
⊕ The last straw. Not what you think it is.
⊕ A top secret. Mans basic inhumanity to man.
⊕ The impossibility according to physics. Events trigger matter.
⊕ An infinite regression. A preventable catastrophe in the future.
⊕ Investigations are underway. Call girls. Drugs. Photographs. Blackmail.
⊕ Theft of dangerous materials. The underworld. The dark web.
⊕ The manipulation of dream. The war we waged on each other and the aliens.
⊕ Ray Guns and particle acceleration. The charge that blew apart the mains.
⊕ Witchcraft and black magic. Playing around with Anti matter.
⊕ The ordinary man in the street, a day in his life.
⊕ The memory of phone calls never made.
⊕ Komarovski do you read me.
⊕ The colonel in the gentlemens club sloshed on gin. Debris orbits a tiny moon.
⊕ Richardson is on the phone: we wanna talk to you about Jupiter 13.
⊕ Yeah I bet you fucking do!
⊕ Still there is music. Attack...Decay... Sustain ... Release...
⊕ Richardson hangs up somewhere in the past.
⊕ Time travel has been happening but the yanks won’t give us our go.
⊕ And we chucked in all that money.
⊕ Martin prepares an escape pod which will double as his recording studio.
⊕ He will float unconscious dreaming up symphonies that will be recorded by the software encoded in his spine.
⊕ Stefan H in Germany will know our mission is over and will play one last lasting sweeping arpeggio which will signal the curtains.
⊕ A disaster. A mistake. A miracle. A mystery. Jupiter 13.
⊕ One hundred years until they open the files.
⊕ Im trapped in the airlock and theres no gravity.
Guido Farnell ⌊4 March 2021⌋ Score: ★★★★
⇑ The Kilbey Kennedy collaboration between The Church’s Steve Kilbey and All India Radio’s Martin Kennedy has yielded many wonderful tracks over the years. They return after four years with an album that comes wrapped in psychedelic prog references and takes us on epic interstellar adventures.
⇑ The slick and confident presentation of this album reflects its creators’ mastery of their craft. The cosmic drift of Jupiter 13 offers a soothing, immersive, dreamy vibe intended to cocoon listeners and transport them far from Earth where they can luxuriate in zero gravity for a while. Kilbey brings the wistful shoegaze of the church to the mix. His earnest vocals suggest Major Tom, seemingly strung out in heavens high.
⇑ Kilbey also steers this album on a sweet indie pop course and this approach compliments the spellbinding swirl of Kennedy’s rich synth textures and melodies.
⇑ As we ride through these massively anthemic tunes, it’s not hard to imagine the duo presenting this album on the same gigantic scale on which Roger Waters presents Pink Floyd albums these days. Across ten minutes the title track shifts through a variety of moods and atmospheres, building itself up into driving indie shoegaze before relinquishing into a beautiful piano interlude.
⇑ This album shimmers with a strange beauty that’s accentuated by dark and haunting undercurrents.