Uploaded on Jun 17, 2011
"Polaroid" by Leyland Kirby. Taken from the compilation album 'SMM:Context'. Released on the Ghostly International label [GI-133]. March 2011.
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First uploaded on You Tube on my original channel on 3rd March 2011.
Leyland [James] Kirby:
is a multi faceted artiste who has released numerous compositions under various names, including: The Caretaker, V/Vm and The Stranger.
His prolific output spans a multitude of genres and remains distinctly diverse. Originally hailing from Stockport (N.W, U.K), he currently resides in Berlin. Having received numerous appraisals and critical acclaim from various media ranks across the globe; Kirby always leaves them guessing as to where his next venture will start and finish.
To attempt to pigeon-hole and categorise Kirby's compositions within any given genre would ultimately result in a wildy inaccurate portrayal of an individual experimenting and pushing the boundaries of sound and aural textures to their extremities.
This offering [Polaroid] sees him submitting a new composition for the beautiful compilation album 'SMM: Context', released on the Ghostly International imprint. It also features tracks by Kyle Bobby Dunn, Rafael Anton Irisarri, Svarte Greiner, Peter Broderick and Manual amongst others. One of the most outstanding compilations of 2011 so far.
"Ann Arbor: Michigan's Ghostly International was created in 1999 by Sam Valenti IV in his dorm room at the University of Michigan. Since then, the label has become one of America's premier channels for forward-thinking music, from abstract electronics to avant-pop. Home to artists such as Tadd Mullinix (aka Dabrye, James T. Cotton), Matthew Dear, Midwest Product, Twine and Dykehouse, Ghostly celebrates a diversity of styles that run the electronic gamut.
Ghostly emphasizes the artist behind the machines, the personalities that drive this music. Through its release history, including the acclaimed Disco Nouveau and Idol Tryouts compilations, the label has received praise from critics and music buyers alike. Ghostly International and Spectral Sound [a sub-label of Ghostly], true to their art historical roots, focus on a strong visual presence and an eye for the smallest detail. The labels provide the complete package, and are capable of earning trust across a myriad of styles and incarnations."
SMM: Context is the first release in Ghostly International's new yearly compilation series of evocative, exploratory music. In 2003, Ghostly International introduced SMM, an unknown acronym used to evaporate the already-unspooling musical boundaries between classical minimalism, electronic and drone composition, film soundtracks, and fragile imaginary landscapes. SMM: Context features a hand-picked selection of some of the world's finest musicians from Poland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, North America and the UK who traffic in SMM's slow-moving, texture-focused compositions, simple in instrumentation, but infinitely complex in execution.
Svarte Greiner's "Halves" creates a David Lynch-ian dreamscape out of slowly undulating drones and distant creaks and scratches. Wire magazine favorite Leyland Kirby contributes "Polaroid", a wide-open vista of barely plucked nylon strings and deep synthesizer swells. Guitar-and-turntables duo The Fun Years patiently fold loops and spy-guitar noodles into "Cornelia Amygdaloid", a patient, minimalist take on psychedelia. Rafael Anton Irisarri (aka The Sight Below, the compilation's lone Ghostly artist) tips his hat to "furniture music" pioneer Erik Satie in "Moments Descend on My Windowpane", a soulful piano-and-noise meditation. Context closes with Peter Broderick's "Pause", a time-stopping slice of acoustic-guitar melancholia.
The songs on SMM: Context can't be categorized. They do their work in a multitude of ways, seeming to change depending on when and how they're listened to, providing a backdrop for life's small movies, or—if you're not into the whole "ambient as life soundtrack" thing—acting as their own context, existing simply as elegant, heartbreakingly beautiful music.
Slides and Artwork composed by Frobbz. All images and photography by Frobbz, taken from the album "Winter's Edge"
Leyland Kirby related links:
http://www.brainwashed.com/vvm [defunct - see page for details]
R.A interview: http://www.residentadvisor.net/featur...
You Tube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/vvmtest
Ghostly International related links:
You Tube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ghostlyintl
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