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LEYLAND KIRBY
Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was 2LP (Gold vinyl)
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HAFTW 06 / UK / 2017
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.