Monday, March 19, 2012

[HAFTW 010] Leyland Kirby – Eager To Tear Apart The Stars CD (Album) 2011

Leyland Kirby – Eager To Tear Apart The Stars
Label: History Always Favours The Winners – HAFTW010
Format: CD, Album
Country: Europe
Released: Sep 2011
Genre: Electronic
Style: Abstract, Ambient

Mastered At – Dubplates & Mastering
Artwork – Ivan Seal
Mastered By – Lupo*
Recorded By, Other [Constructed By] – Leyland Kirby

1 The Arrow Of Time 3:12
2 This Is The Story Of Paradise Lost 9:43
3 To Reject The World 1:28
4 No Longer Distance Than Death 7:53
5 They Are All Dead, There Are No Skip At All 10:25
6 My Dream Contained A Star 10:13
*CD version - in a beautiful digipak with original artwork by Ivan Seal.* James Leyland Kirby is a prolific artist with a remarkably long and varied career working inside, outside and beyond the electronic underground. From his roots as renowned audio prankster and sonic agitator V/VM to his critically acclaimed work as The Caretaker and, most recently, Leyland Kirby - he's always attracted the attention of an often bewildered audience, although his stature and position as serious auteur has somehow grown exponentially with every year that has gone by since his beginnings in rainy Edgeley back in the mid 90's. Following on from 2009's now-classic 'Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was' and the inauguration of new series "Intrigue & Stuff" earlier this year, he now returns with a new album - and it's pretty clear that he's just in the form of his life. These tracks are arrestingly clear-headed and sombre, with the requisite amount of emotional un-ease and a beguilling sense of ambiguity thanks to those perception-altering layers of fuzz and filtered detritus on the lens keeping things firmly hyperreal. How you decipher the meanings of these moods and atmospheres is where the beauty and longevity of these tracks lie, as patience and repeated listens will reveal new views of the landscape as the seasons change. Imagine if Roedelius had grown up in Stockport in the midst of a rave-o-lution, couple that with a sardonic yet discerning post-everything attitude 10 years before everyone else, and then wonder what that experience may result in - and you just might be quite close to imagining the treats this album holds in store for you...

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