Boomkat Product Review:
Almost a decade on from its release, this huge 4 hour set is an album apt for our times, providing some of the most bleakly beautiful and emotionally devastating musical journeys of James Leyland Kirby, aka The Caretaker.
These recordings started out as loops taken from dusty 78's found in a Stockport record shop, both out of a DIY necessity, and a willingness to engage with a forgotten past, but over time it turned into a very personal project for its creator.
Kirby explains "Here we stand, twenty years on from the first CD, and our optimism has been gradually eroded away collectively. 'Tomorrows World' never came. We are lost and isolated, many of us living our lives through social networks as we try to make sense of it all, becoming voyeurs not active participants. Documenting everything. No Mystery. Everything laid bare for all to see".
The music itself outlines trace echoes of Vangelis' work for Bladerunner, as well as sections reminiscent of Brian Eno, Thomas Köner, Deathprod, Satie, James Ferraro, Badalamenti/Lynch and, of course, The Caretaker - rendered with emotionally opaque strokes that sound even more compelling almost a decade since they were first recorded.
If you're a fan of The Caretaker or indeed any kind of Ambient//Drone/Modern Composition; Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was really is just about as good as it gets.