After starting Giant Hand back in early 2008 in his home town of Ottawa, where Exclaim! wrote about one of his early performances "Giant Hand, whose markedly eccentric and magnetic songs pierced the audience with innocence, clarity and a vulnerability that lesser artists often fake." The young songwriter transplanted himself in Toronto in 2012, and took a couple years to regain his footing. In early 2015, a new batch of songs began to take shape in lockstep with his growing confidence despite personal hardship and the end of a 10 year long relationship. Looking for meditative setting to record his next album, Kirk headed to Port William Sound in Mountain Grove, Ontario: the idyllic, rural studio run by internationally-lauded songwriter and sonic nomad Jonas Bonnetta (Evening Hymns) with co-producer Rolf Klausener (The Acorn). Long-time friends harnessing their love for experimentation. Bucolic sounds and country quiet collided with vertiginous drones, finger-plucked guitar, punk riffs, dense fogs of vocal howls, and layers of bowed string. Guest performances included rabid drums by Pat Johnson and the guitar wizardry by Canadian axe-guru Matt Murphy (TUNS, Flashing Lights). The result is Old Cosmos, an album that explodes upward from Giant Hand’s earlier, aberrant foundations, into Gaudí-like spires of pristine and fearless art-folk.
His first two underground releases earned praise from Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene, Canadian media personality George Stroumboulopoulos and festival billings that included NXNE, Pop Montreal and Halifax Pop Explosion. Giant Hand has performed with a slew of acts all over Canada including: Daniel Johnston, Timber Timbre, Ohbijou, Chad VanGaalen, Jennifer Castle, Born Ruffians, Handsome Furs and Leif Vollebekk.
"Extremely good shit."
“Kirk's intangible gift is his ability to connect directly and intimately with the listener.”
- Matt Murphy (TUNS/Flashing Lights/Super Friendz)
"Ramsay unfurls years of exploration of cursed love and physical illness, into 10 soulful confessions"
- The Line of Best Fit