King Creosote | 11/10/16

Image: Love Life video still

Last month, King Creosote released Astronaut Meets Appleman, a beautiful addition to his repertoire and an exploration of the tension and harmony between tradition and technology that invoked a feeling, KC says, of “being caught between heaven and earth”

Otherwise known as Kenny Anderson, KC is now pleased to share the video for ‘Love Life’. The glorious ‘Love Life’ showcases Kenny’s knack for a killer couplet: “Her jealous accusations know no bounds / Scarlett Johansson was never in my house”.

Directed by Euan Robertson, watch the video for ‘Love Life’ below.

Following on from his sold out show in London last month, Anderson will be heading out on a full UK tour in January 2017 and will be joined by his 8-piece band at several of the shows including London’s Barbican.

Astronaut Meets Appleman follows KC’s breakthrough record From Scotland With Love (2014) and his Mercury-nominated collaboration with Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine (2011).

The KC idiom – equal parts geometry, self-deprecation, cosmic wonder and seafaring poetry – remains intact on Astronaut Meets Appleman. But there is a renewed sense of space and letting the music breathe (lead, even) on the album – all the better to showcase a stunning ensemble cast that includes Catriona McKay (harp), Mairearad Green (bagpipes), Gordon Maclean (double bass), Hannah Fisher (violin, vocals), Sorren Maclean (guitar, vocals) and Pete Harvey (cello), alongside KC's regular rock diviners, and his baby daughter Louie Wren (on ambient reverie, 'Peter Rabbit Tea'). 

“I wanted to push myself songwriting-wise, so I went in with hardly anything and had to wing it,” KC reveals. “I wanted to try and flip the clock all the way back to sound like a younger me – or a less cynical me. In the past, I've been fixated on twisting and wrenching every line, but here I've let that go a bit, and I hope that lets you concentrate more on the music; on what’s going on around it.”

“I always feel I’m reaching for something, but I never get there, I wanted to get out of the usual places” KC muses, and this is reflected in the album's geography, which is more far-flung than usual. It was variously recorded at Analogue Catalogue in Ireland's County Down, An Tobar on the Isle of Mull, and Glasgow's Chem19 studios (HQ of long-time ally Paul Savage, who co-produced the LP with KC).

On Astronaut Meets Appleman, King Creosote is still upsetting apple-carts and dealing with the fallout, still appraising love and life, the moon, the stars; tide tables, bagpipe scores, zeros and ones; mathematics, ticking clocks and the beat of our hearts. 

Upcoming live dates

21st October – Brye Theatre, St Andrews

5th December – Le Pop Up du Label, Paris

7th December –Sodra Teatern , Stockholm

9th December – Ingensteds, Oslo

10th December – Gruner Salon, Berlin

12th Jan – Bogbain, Inverness

13th Jan – Birnam Arts Centre, Dunkeld

14th Jan – Woodend Barn. Banchory

16th Jan – RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester *

17th Jan – Open, Norwich *

18th Jan – Corn Exchange, Cambridge *

20th Jan – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool ~

21st Jan – Town Hall, Birmingham ~

22nd Jan – Barbican, London ~

23rd Jan – Colston Hall, Bristol ~

24th Jan – Tramshed, Cardiff ~

25th Jan – Sage Gateshead, Gateshead ~

27th Jan – Old Fruitmarket (Celtic Connections), Glasgow

Support from * Charlie Cunningham ~ Modern Studies