Yes, No, Acoustic is a mix of old and new Kieran Cooper, from his previous release In Search of Reason, including my old favourites Awake and Over Me, as well as from his new release Yes, No, Sincerely, and also tracks from Kieranís band, Kasium.
If youíre the kind of person that would rather rock out to the Foo Fightersí acoustic performance of Everlongwhen youíre in your growlery than listen to the original studio recording, then keep this album on your MP3 player. As Iíve discovered, itís a perfect rainy Sunday ambient music; something you play as you sit staring out the window wishing you had an umbrella, and that weíd actually had a summer this year.
Those of you that appreciate live performances for the variations they bring to the songs you already know will love this album, especially if youíve heard Kieranís performance at the Khuja lounge (available on his bandcamp). While the Khuja lounge tracks have a certain staunchness that comes with playing acoustic tracks to a disaffected audience, these tracks portray a certain vulnerability. The presence and the emotion of these tracks feels organic, tangible, real. An artist playing his songs to himself in his studio without the pressures of performance. Music from the soul.
The album is the perfect accompaniment to Kieranís simultaneously released album Yes, No, Sincerely, where some of this albums tracks appear in their mastered form. Acoustic tracks are a photograph of a beautiful woman, or man if your heart so desires, capturing a fleeting moment in all itís subtlety. A studio recorded track, played over and over, is more like a painting of that beautiful woman, or man, on canvas. A carefully crafted portrait, art.
Yes, No, Acoustic is available now on Kieran Cooperís bandcamp.
New Zealand based songwriter Kieran Cooper has released two albums and one free-download 'live in studio' album
Kierans solo career started with his self produced 2011 release 'In Search Of Reason'. The album is somewhat schizophrenic with rich acoustic guitars one minute, pounding rhythm's and fuzz laden guitar leads the next. It was received warmly by music critics:
"Thereís so much I want to say about ĎOver meí, but there are so few words that could do the track justice. It is a truly beautiful work, but not in any conventional sense. Itís dark and cynical... listen to the words, like really listen."