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Leyland Kirby - Memories Live Longer Than Dreams
Leyland Kirby
Memories Live Longer Than Dreams
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (History Always Favours The Winners)
25,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
For the first time since 2009, the third and final part of Leyland Kirby’s hauntological masterpiece Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was is available on vinyl again.The synthetic lustre of Memories Live Longer Than Dreams already appeared deliciously cracked and damaged the first time around, and in 2017 its phosphorescent glow remains a beacon of shelter for contemplation and secluded mind-drift, offering a surreal, nostalgic night-light to the gloomy and confused world it diagnosed and predicted nearly ten years ago. Written during James Leyland Kirby’s forlorn purgatorial years spent in Berlin during the period which shaped the modern world as we know it - a time when global financial institutions collapsed, YouTube’s all-encompassing archive was beginning to spill over, and Facebook and Twitter were starting to enmesh the entire planet - this final instalment finds Kirby channelling osmotically absorbed visions of the future, as spelt out by Vangelis, Lynch & Badalamenti, Eno and Kirby’s own The Caretekar alter ego, into a waking dream sequence of quietly anguished sound poems for the contemporary echo chamber, relinquishing a traversal of the hive mind’s private fears and shared nightmares rendered in ghostly scrolls of synth noise and sweepingly emotive cinematic gestures.It effectively diagnoses a sort of cultural malaise that was perhaps embryonic in 2009, as the golden age of dance/pop form and optimism which resulted in radical acts such as V/Vm and the Ccru was now left shimmering in the rearview, with the momentous energy of its accumulated, independent scenes being diffused into institutions or calcifying into hyper commercialism;- leaving little or no room for ambiguity, irony or subversively socialist thought within its increasingly binary wake; a wake which has now bifurcated into extreme left and right-leaning politics with a gulf of misunderstanding in between.Keening and reeling away his own thoughts on the matter in that interzone of negative space, Kirby draws on ever tightening coils of cultural feedback loops and the infidelity of memory to parse, process and secrete a slow, plasmic ooze of melancholic musical form that perhaps best represents the feelings of our age; of our shared future occluded by an inglorious or illusive past that promised much, yet never paid up.
Leyland Kirby - Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was
Leyland Kirby
Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (History Always Favours The Winners)
26,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
The 2nd part of Leyland Kirby’s uniquely prescient dark ambient masterstroke, Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was [2009] arrives uncannily well timed for the rearrival of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks and Bladerunner, and finds us returning to Kirby’s draughty corridors of processed ‘78s and midnight keyboard meditations is a sublime, haunting experience like no other.Almost a decade on from its original release we can read Kirby's melancholic diagnosis of capitalist malaise, deferred futurism and thwarted social utopianism as a genuinely uncanny foresight of what has played out in contemporary society, in an age when FaceBook and Twitter have become an all-encompassing filter for daily life and effectively assuaged the rich analog ambiguity of collectivism in favour of cold, hard, binary politics and reflexive, unthinking emotional responses.Especially in the wake of Mark Fisher’s tragic passing earlier this year, Kirby’s hauntological sentiments, embedded quite literally in titles such as When Did Our Dreams And Futures Drift So Far Apart, and figuratively perfused thru its stark negative space, now feel to resonate stronger than ever with ideas of neocon capitalism as the trigger for depression and anxiety disorders on a mass scale; using shared echoes of the hive mind such as classic film scores from Vangelis and Lynch/ Badalmenti - both quite literally omnipresent in imminent sequels right now - as cues for sorrowful elegies and meditations which aesthetically resonate as much with Deathprod’s liminal scapes, as a sort of mildewed modern classical flocking to Satie’s tasteful ambient wallpaper.Yet it’s not all doom and gloom. There’s a sense of underlying sense of resilience, of resistance to Kirby’s hushed, ribboning expressions which flows with a considerate pathos and open-ended emotional curiosity which belies the narcissistic reaffirmations of social media’s echo chambers and dialectic cul-de-sacs, quietly striving to wrench something beautiful and affective from the clutches of a manipulative mainstream. If you're a fan of The Caretaker or indeed any kind of Ambient//Drone/Modern Composition; Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was really is just about as good as it gets.
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