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.

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kiaokra

kiaokra

June 30, 2018
referencing Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was, 6xLP, Album, Ltd, Spe, HAFTW001, HAFTW001-LP, HAFTW006, HAFTW006-LP, HAFT
Does anyone have pictures of this to upload? Curious to see, I think this deserves some as it's harder to get.
Sorry_Mom

Sorry_Mom

September 7, 2017
referencing Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was, 3xCD, Album, Ltd, 3-D, HAFTW001
Anyone else notice the artwork for the 3 LP set is 1/ nature. 2/ smoke. 3/ concrete. In other words, Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was.
Hauntology

Hauntology

June 15, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was, 3xCD, Album, Ltd, 3-D, HAFTW001
Memories Live Longer Than Dreams (part 3 of "Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was") available NOW on 2 X gold vinyl at Boomkat @ 17:16pm 15/06/2017. 250 copies.
https://boomkat.com/products/memories-live-longer-than-dreams-53b6fde9-7537-4d71-b986-255ce31cdd87
djproject

djproject

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.