Telekom Electronic Beats

Counting with… Phil Kieran

Belfast’s house and techno producer and DJ jumps ship into neo-psychedelic electronica and emotive songwriting, and mixes up the numbers with us. 


While it may have slipped below a few radars, Phil Kieran’s Le Carousel project’s self-titled album is a fresh take on neo-psychedelic electronica and emotive songwriting. Extra surprise factor comes from his position as a leading house and techno producer and DJ in his native Belfast for the last decade. But while he probably hasn’t given on up on the dancefloor, Le Carousel allows him to express a different side of his creativity; like the score to a blurred-out B-movie, Le Carousel tells stories of hot days and, er, colorful nights. Think of Broadcast, Galaxie 500, and (some) Röyksopp to get an idea of the cosmos that Kieran’s circling. We asked for his digits and here’s what he told us…

1 memorable line in a film or song:
“Theres nothing more sinister than ministers in dresses.” (Black Grape)

2 decisions I regret:
– taking things too personally when I first heard criticism of my music.
– worrying too much.

3 people that should collaborate:
Brian Eno, Kevin Shields, Steve Reich.

4 things I haven’t done yet:
– been to Japan.
– seen the Northern Lights.
– wrote the perfect song.
– lived in another country for a year.

5 things I used to believe:
– the Catholic church.
– that I would be rich.
– tooth fairy.
– food packaging.
– Santa.

6 hours ago…
I was at band practice.

7 records everyone should own:
Brian Eno – Here Come the Warm Jets
My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
Talking Heads – Remain in Light
anything by Kraftwerk
Skying – The Horrors
Steve Reich – Music for 18 Musicians
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Master and Everyone

After 8 p.m. …
Beer, wine, or ice-cream.

My 9 lives …
are pissing my wife off.

I wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole:
daytime radio.~


Le Carousel’s self-titled album is out now via PKR Records. 

Published April 24, 2013.