Conor Kirby-Long is the 17 year old from Vermont who, using only a mic from a 'Learn Japanese' boxset, an old PC and a single low quality PC speaker, created his much-vaunted debut album Handwriting. Betraying a blatant adoration of classic indie and European glitch-tronics, the album is Khonnor's bedroom-built tribute to delicious angst, anticipation and anticlimax. Distorted guitar, basic beats and faraway voice are wrapped in a digital haze, simultaneously evoking My Bloody Valentine, Fennesz, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Mercury Rev.
In the words of The Wire, "His touch is almost entirely unerring and this is an album of quite irresistable beauty".
Live, Khonnor becomes a trio, the prodigious Kirby-Long focusing on vocals and guitar. Whether Handwriting is a genius opening shot or a flawed indicator of coming greatness, seeing Khonnor live at version may well become one of those special "I was there when..." occasions.