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

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Leyland Kirby's "Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was" project grew from a single-disc release to a wealth of material spread over multiple formats.

The original album (CD and vinyl) was planned for a self-release and was available for pre-order directly from the artist for a short while beginning in May of 2009. After the pre-orders closed and the material for the album grew to epic proportions, Kirby decided to make it three double-LP releases and a triple-CD release. Those who had made CD pre-orders four months earlier were sent a specially-pressed 2-CD version with unreleased and alternate tracks. Those who had preordered the LP version received the 1st double-LP plus the 2-CD version.

In the time between the preorders and the first shipments of vinyl, the album had received proper distribution. All remaining vinyl parts and the final triple-CD set had to be ordered from record shops who received stock. Limited numbers of the 2-CD edition also are planned to be released in the same shops late in 2009.

Tracklist

When We Parted, My Heart Wanted To Die 76:40
When We Parted, My Heart Wanted To Die (Friedrichshain Memory) 15:06
The Sound Of Music Vanishing 11:15
The Beauty Of The Impending Tragedy Of My Existence 7:36
And As I Sat Beside You I Felt The Great Sadness That Day 12:52
Tonight Is The Last Night Of The World 9:36
To The Place Between The Twilight And The Dawn 20:15
Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was 78:57
When Did Our Dreams And Futures Drift So Far Apart ? 9:53
Not Even Nostalgia Is As Good As It Used To Be 9:40
Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was 20:26
Stay Light, There Is A Rainbow A Coming 12:16
And Nothing Comes Between The Sadness And The Scream 6:59
I've Hummed This Tune To All The Girls I've Known 12:48
Not As She Is Now But As She Appears In My Dreams 6:55
Memories Live Longer Than Dreams 79:58
Memories Live Longer Than Dreams 8:37
Don't Sleep I Am Not What I Seem, I'm A Very Quiet Storm 13:17
A Longing To Be Absorbed For A While Into A Different And Beautiful World 13:20
Days In The Wilderness 4:17
Stralauer Peninsula 16:56
We All Won That Day, Sunshine 12:44
And At Dawn Armed With Glowing Patience, We Will Enter The Cities Of Glory (Stripped) 10:47

Versions (8)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
HAFTW001 Leyland Kirby Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was(3xCD, Album, Ltd, 3-D) History Always Favours The Winners HAFTW001 UK, Europe & US 2009 Sell This Version
HAFTW001-LP Leyland Kirby Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was (Part One: When We Parted My Heart Wanted To Die)(2xLP, Album) History Always Favours The Winners HAFTW001-LP Germany 2009 Sell This Version
HAFTW007-LP Leyland Kirby Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was (Part Three: Memories Live Longer Than Dreams)(2xLP, Album, Ltd) History Always Favours The Winners HAFTW007-LP Germany 2009 Sell This Version
HAFTW006-LP Leyland Kirby Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was (Part Two: Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was)(2xLP, Album, Ltd) History Always Favours The Winners HAFTW006-LP Germany 2009 Sell This Version
none Leyland Kirby Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was(2xCD, Album, Ltd, 2-D) History Always Favours The Winners none UK 2009 Sell This Version
HAFTW001, HAFTW001-LP, HAFTW006, HAFTW006-LP, HAFT Leyland Kirby Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was(6xLP, Album, Ltd, Spe) History Always Favours The Winners, History Always Favours The Winners, History Always Favours The Winners, History Always Favours The Winners, History Always Favours The Winners, History Always Favours The Winners HAFTW001, HAFTW001-LP, HAFTW006, HAFTW006-LP, HAFT Germany 2010 Sell This Version
none Leyland Kirby Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was(15xFile, MP3, Album, 320) History Always Favours The Winners none Germany 2011
HAFTW-DL-001 Leyland Kirby Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was(20xFile, MP3, Album, 320) History Always Favours The Winners HAFTW-DL-001 Germany 2011

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February 18, 2010
referencing Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was, 3xCD, Album, Ltd, 3-D, HAFTW001

A large volume of pithy descriptions can be used here: what would happen if Steve Roach or Harold Budd read Derrida and K-punk's writing for inspiration rather than use nature and aboriginal cultures; what happened if Twin Peaks got a second life and more music needed to be made; another stand-in (I know several of those) for Blade Runner. But there's usually a point to make with making comparisons like these ... it's trying to encapsulate what the music says in the hopes of telling someone else what to expect. For those who have listen to it, I hope what I've said thus far helps. But I shall elaborate further.

It's three CDs long [there is of course the six LPs rendition, albeit with different lengths and different mixes due to phasing issues and other unique to vinyl mastering situations]. For those comfortable in the experimental or ambient realm, this is almost a drop in the bucket ... think William Basinski's The Disintegration Loops or the various collections of Steve Roach. But like the aforementioned artists, this is one where you really have to be in a mood to hear. It is definitely melancholic in its presentation and atmosphere, but it doesn't veer into the self-laceration realm. In fact, there are some bittersweet moments here and there. Think of it as a day where it's mostly overcast but every now and then the sun breaks through the clouds (not necessarily the clouds clearing).

There are some reviews commenting on the vagueries of the lamentation, i.e. "for whom should be mourning?" If you want to go by the main umbrella title and the association made between Kirby (and his various project aliases) and Derrida, it's an hauntological work lamenting a lost imaginary past and a lost potential future. If that's not sufficient nor accurate to your experience, then it's simply your personal means of mourning for whomever or whatever you choose. For an example, my favourite track here is "I've hummed this tune to all the girls I've known" and in my head plays a scene to a possible Twin Peaks episode where it's a tasteful revisit of some past love moment between James and Donna. (Hmmm, maybe *this* is the mourning we are all suppose to experience ... the premature death of Twin Peaks =] ).

If you like your music long, melancholic and open enough to allow your imagination to roam, this is the release you should get.