Forthcoming on Music From Memory, a label launched by Redlight Records founders Tako, Abel and Jamie Tiller earlier this year, “giving overlooked and unreleased music that we love a second chance”, and following hot on the heels of Liquid Diamonds, a compilation of Leon Lowmans’ romantic dreampop.
Rocket Boy is Kirkland Leach, a 13-year-old with autism and asperger syndrome. He lives in Portland and has a band called Road Race. Kirk plays keyboard and sings endearing quirky songs about his life and fantasy life and you wonder, “Is he really Rocketboy, and is he really going to save the day?” He runs his own record label, and has made thousands of handmade cdr’s, tapes, videos, dvds, comic books and drawings.
Road Race basically sounds like proto Daniel Johnston: cute, but under the surface it can get pretty creepy. If this is up your sleeve, get “The adventures of Rocketboy and Egypt” through North Pole Records (the album dates from 2009, so Kirk must’ve been 9 when he made it). The CD only costs 12$ + shipping, and it comes with a cover drawn by Kirk himself and 3D-glasses!
Bright Entity EP