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Watching Dead Empires In Decay

by The Stranger

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John Meroney
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John Meroney Beginning last year, Kirby's work has been:
A place of poetic resonance.
Sounds that challenge Memory.
something that has helped me aurally contextualize my visual explorations and I am always grateful when I can find that which lends a looking glass.
Ews Nsj
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Ews Nsj shades in a steam-dance without living objects to cast them. it is here movement sounds w.o physical force. uncertainties possess weighty ashen crushings of preconception. leave them jangling; ensnared cellar wanderers w breathing minds. a hot furnace where no one stokes the coals. Recommended for twilight. Favorite track: Providence or Fate.
Ian Eye
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Ian Eye The "Where Are Our Monsters" track reminds me of Ween's "Don't Sweat It" off of "The Pod". Favorite track: Where Are Our Monsters Now, Where Are Our Friends ?.
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‘Watching Dead Empires in Decay’, a new album recorded under another of Kirby’s pseudonyms ‘The Stranger’ and released on Modern Love, a label that has been close to Kirby through these last eventful 15 years. It’s complex, singular, enigmatic, percussive, dark, and you just can’t work out how it was constructed. Gone are the sampled 78’s of The Caretaker, but it also doesnt exactly sound electronic - you just can’t quite fathom how any of it was put together: Field Recordings? Found Sounds? Sheets of metal scraped and hammered? Drum machines re-wired? It’s stark and unsettling, haunted, even troubling - but often just beautiful.


released October 28, 2013

Released on Modern Love (Love088).
Audio created by Leyland Kirby.
Artwork by Guy Denning.
Mastered by Matt Colten.


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The Stranger Manchester, UK

"Blows the wind to-day, and the sun and the rain are flying,

Blows the wind on the moors to-day and now,

Where about the graves of the martyrs the whaups are crying,

My heart remembers how!"

Robert Louis Stevenson
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