Boomkat Product Review:
James Leyland Kirby is a prolific artist with a remarkably long and varied career working inside, outside and beyond the electronic underground.
From his roots as renowned audio prankster and sonic agitator V/VM to his critically acclaimed work as The Caretaker and, most recently, Leyland Kirby - he's always attracted the attention of an often bewildered audience, although his stature and position as serious auteur has somehow grown exponentially with every year that has gone by since his beginnings in rainy Edgeley back in the mid 90's.
Following on from 2009's now-classic 'Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was' and the inauguration of new series "Intrigue & Stuff" earlier this year, he now returns with a new album - and it's pretty clear that he's just in the form of his life. These tracks are arrestingly clear-headed and sombre, with the requisite amount of emotional unease and a sense of ambiguity thanks to those perception-altering layers of fuzz and filtered detritus keeping things firmly surreal.
How you decipher the meanings of these moods and atmospheres is where the beauty and longevity of these tracks lie, as patience and repeated listens will reveal new perspectives of the landscape as the seasons change.