Leo Kahans | Music in the Sand

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Music in the Sand

by Leo Kahans

A collection of story telling songs, some funny, some serious, and some not quite funny or serious; a songscape traversing rootsy-acoustic genres with an ad out in the classifieds - 'looking for a home'.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Give Up Your Day Job
3:47 $1.99
2. Mountain Man
3:40 $1.99
3. Fickle World
3:04 $1.99
4. I'm Allergic to Your Lovin'
3:22 $1.99
5. The Sex and the Violence
3:11 $1.99
6. Talk About the Mess
5:03 $1.99
7. Tasting Rainbows
4:48 $1.99
8. The Stuck King
5:06 $1.99
9. Flying Free
4:49 $1.99
10. Point of No Return
4:30 $1.99
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About Music in the Sand

Song writer and multi - instrumentalist Leo Kahans releases debut album ''Music In The Sand' – a swag of songs that traverses acoustic rootsy genres with a splashes of indie, rap, and epic rock.

There is a distinct humorous side to the first half of this album. Songs that offer an alternative to the hustle and bustle of the regular working life (Give up your day job), songs that talk about the tragedy of being allergic to the one you love (Allergic to your lovin'). Fickle World is about, well, the fickleness of world we live in.

But 'Music In The Sand' is an album that is more than just a guffaw. It has a political and social conscience. For example 'Flying Free' is a comment on many of our politicians to ignore the threat of climate change (particularly in Australia), 'Talk about the Mess' is a reflection on the nature of social media and new technology, 'The Sex and The Violence' comments on how youth are exposed to so much sex and violence in the media.

Shining through in the album are sing along choruses and a memorable turn of phrase, some of Kahans' lyrics are tongue twistery in Dr. Seuss kind of a way, (Dr Seuss for grownups), for example “If you're in danger of getting addicted you better down it before your evicted cause its a long ride to the dark side of the moon” (from Give Up your Day Job). And the sing - along catchy chorus exemplified in Tasting Rainbows and Flying Free, however all the songs kinda tick this box.

And although the playing on the album is exquisite, the stand out feature must be the song writing. Many of the songs are narratives, or story songs. each one a journey that has some sort of musical or lyrical “surprise” factor. The arrangements are crafted to keep the journey building but are never totally predictable, giving each song has a unique personality with a distinctly theatrical air.

There is a general Americana vibe to the sound and instrumentation, however Kahans' songs reflecting a uniquely Australian sentiment, best exemplified by the compelling folky Australiana story song “The Stuck King”. The last two tracks on the album branch away from the Americana sound -they are more indie in nature and give the album a whole new perspective.

Music In The Sand was, in the main, recorded and mixed over a 12 month period, however the writing process began about 22 years ago. ''Many of the songs I started when I was like, younger, and were either unfinished or I just couldn’t for the life of me remember how they went” Kahans reflected, “especially third verses and endings. So when I decided to do a record I had to revisit and finish off old half written songs. In the process of doing that I actually wrote a few new songs that were better than the old ones and knocked them off the list.”

Described by fans as “Hilarious and hefty” , “Unique and quirky”' and ''A significant achievement'' Music In The Sand is a unique and intriguing album that is bound to stand the test of time.


Born to Russian and Polish gypsy beatnik avant-garde cello players- bought up believing that music was economy, and songs were the currency, Leo's early days were punctuated by Bach Cello Suites and chess, Pink Floyd and piano compositions. As the youngest of four children, and none of his siblings taking to their parents instrument the cello, the pressure was on for Leo to play it, and he completed his cello V.C.E. However when he was in year 10 at school Leo took up the bass guitar and quickly loved the freedom of expression other forms of music had to offer. He took to playing jazz, rock, reggae, pop etc... and was transformed from the nerdy orchestra cello boy to the cool dude playing the bass.

His early bands, The Maelstrom and Aquajezus, were the two bands that gave Leo experience with many different genres and solidified his musical education. The Maelstrom were a jazz/folk/funk outfit and an important cog in the funky Fitzroy days of the late 80's and 90's. Aquajezus were a 90's alternative band in the vein of Joy Division, The Smiths with the experimentation of Pink Floyd. Between them Leo got a wide appreciation for many genres of music. Being the bass player meant that he got an insight into the fundamentals of the music and understood the music from the groove up.

Leo played in a vast number of bands in the following years, too many to list here, however he got a love for Americana, Country and Bluegrass music, and became involved in the local bluegrass scene when he joined bluegrass band Sunshine Harvester. It was also through this band he expanded the instruments he played, picking up the the mandolin, fiddle and banjo. He co-produced Sunshine Harvesters album “Between Trains” with dobro and guitarist Peter Fidler.

Although Leo dabbled in songwriting and composing from an early age, he first took it 'seriously' when he started his own children's entertainment band Duck Duck Chicken. After having made some demo videos and a demo Cd he found it frustrating when other members of this band either left for overseas or other commitments took priority... so it was then he decided to make a Cd of his 'grown up' songs. Being a multi-instrumentalist Leo discovered he could play all the parts to his songs, except the drums. He called in for that job the wonderful drummer Ashley Davies and between them created Leo's debut album “Music in the Sand”.
Leo currently is a super busy music teacher, teaching prominently violin, but also has a few piano, guitar and cello students. He plays bass in a quirky covers band called 'Fire & Theft', and is bringing songs from his album to live audiences in his home town of Melbourne.



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