Leyland Kirby: We, So Tired Of All The Darkness In Our Lives (History Always Favours The Winners, 2017)

December 31, 2017 at 7:49 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Leyland Kirby: We, So Tired Of All The Darkness In Our Lives

Taking a break from the Caretaker’s dementia-themed final project, Leyland Kirby’s latest pay-as-you-wish release, which seems to have escaped the typical shower of acclaim his work usually receives, consists of an hour and a half of slow, shadowy rhythms and cracking drums. It’s slow and stretched out, but not in a lazy, meandering way. There’s echoes of rave melodies and pianos, but transformed and drained of their ecstasy. It’s comforting, but also brittle and unsettling. Tracks such as the glorious “Dig Deep, March On” contain positive, encouraging messages even though they seem weary, exhausted, and trudging on. I’m sure fans of 2814 and other Dream Catalogue artists are all well aware of Kirby’s work, but in case they aren’t, this album provides a similar aesthetic, more so than the usual Kirby recording. The last track is called “Back in the Game”, but Kirby never left, and he arguably created it in the first place.

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