Wyrd Question Daze: Kevin Downey

Hi, my name is Kevin and I release music under the name Giants of Discovery. I hail from the Wirral in the North West of England. I love a good concept/story on which to hang my music. For example, see my Victorian Cosmic horror album, Out of Time (released on Library of The Occult) and my Greek mythology album, Orpheus (released on Woodford Halse).

Sometimes the music comes first, with the concept gradually revealing itself to me. On other occasions I have an idea for a concept and then frame the music around that. I’m currently finishing off mixing a couple of albums for release later this year on 2 labels. I’m eternally grateful to the fantastic labels that support my musical endeavours by releasing them in to the wild and to the wonderful people for buying them!

I have an upcoming album being released soon on Subexotic. It’s called And It’s Goodnight From The Human Race. It’s a Space themed album and is part of a trilogy of similar themed albums to be released on the same day. The other albums are by Letters From Mouse and Camp Of Wolves, two artists I greatly admire. The official release date is the 24th February but you can pre-order the album now via this link

Here’s a few other links to access my music:





Where did you come from and where are you going? 

I’ve come from a place very much focused on the secular, atheistic way of thinking with a smattering of “there’s some weird shit that happens in this world that I can’t explain and fit into this pigeon-hole”. I’m now very much on a Fool’s journey (to use the language of the Tarot), embracing the esoteric and High Strangeness that is prevalent all around us, if you’re prepared to look for it and acknowledge its presence. I’ve found that the more you look for and acknowledge the synchronicities and unexplainable stuff that goes on all around you the weirder life gets.

What preoccupies your mind these days? 

I’m obsessed with High Strangeness and learning the Tarot at the moment and have acquired a mountain of books that I’m trying to work my way through. I’m also listening to a load of really interesting podcasts that have blown and expanded my mind over the last year or so, including Penny Royal, Weird Studies, Consensus Unreality and Vayse (big shout out to the boys Buckley and Hine who present that one).

Name a favourite taste, touch, sound, sight and smell

I’m a sucker for anything chocolate related, especially dark chocolate. My favourite sound is my wife laughing. I love seeing Archie, our Border Terrorist, running on the beach. Even though I stopped drinking it years ago I love the smell of a newly opened jar of coffee. Don’t think I have a favourite touch.

Describe one of your most vivid dreams or nightmares  

As a kid I used to live next to a church and I used to dream quite often that the vicar was secretly a vampire and he would get into our house and turn my mum and dad into vampires. I would escape out of the house from them all and run down the street trying to take off and fly away, like Superman. I would always get just a few feet off the ground before I floated back down until I was only a few inches off the ground, all the while the undead would be getting closer and closer. That’ll teach me for also having a love of Hammer films as a kid as well!

Have you ever had an uncanny experience? 

A recent one was when I was driving to Birmingham and was listening to an hour long podcast about the Death Tarot card which covered, as you would expect, philosophical discussions about death and its various guises/meanings. The second the podcast finished I looked across to the opposite lane and there was a hearse with a coffin in it driving past me. It blows my mind how the timings of a lot of things had to be spot on for that event to occur at that exact time, and for it to have that synchronicity aspect to it.

How does your sense of place affect the way you express yourself? 

The majority of the music I write tends to lean more to the melancholic but I’m not sure if that’s as a result of where I live or that I’m just a miserable git at heart!

What has particularly touched or inspired you recently?

As previously stated I’m really inspired by this esoteric journey I currently find myself on. I’ve no idea where it will lead me but I’m just going with the flow at the moment. These type of experiences tend to seep into the music or writing over a period of time, generally subconsciously.

Tell us a good story, anecdote or joke

I was waiting at the bus stop years ago to get the bus home from work. I was at the front of the queue, the bus arrived and the driver opened the door. As I stepped on, leaning forward the bus driver accidentally closed the door. Before I could react the rubber seals on either door squashed my face momentarily. People behind me sniggered as I remonstrated with the driver who was very apologetic. A bit miffed and embarrassed I slunk to the back of the bus and sat down. It was only when I got home that I noticed there were two black stripes down both sides of my face from the rubber door seals.


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