Leyland Kirby

Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was

History Always Favours The Winners HAFTW006LP
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Reissue of a classic from James Leyland Kirby aka The Caretaker: The 2nd part of Leyland Kirby’s uniquely prescient dark ambient masterstroke, Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was [2009] finds us returning to Kirby’s draughty corridors of processed ‘78s and midnight keyboard meditations is a sublime, haunting experience like no other..

We can read his 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; 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.

Leyland Kirby: Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was

When Did Our Dreams And Futures Drift So Far Apart Leyland Kirby 9' 53''
Not Even Nostalgia Is As Good As It Used To Be Leyland Kirby 9' 40''
Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was Leyland Kirby 20' 26''
Stay Light There Is A Rainbow A Coming Leyland Kirby 12' 16''
And Nothing Comes Between The Sadness And The Scream Leyland Kirby 6' 59''
I've Hummed This Tune To All The Girls I've Known Leyland Kirby 12' 48''
Not As She Is Now But As She Appears In My Dreams Leyland Kirby 6' 55''

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