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Dead Cities - Future Sound Of London (CD 1996)

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This U.K. duo's landmark ambient techno album Lifeforms (1994) explored lush jungle vistas. Its follow-up opts for a much darker urban nightmare motif that makes it an ideal soundtrack while reading William Gibson. Progressive rockers by any other name, FSOL are highly respected innovators who rate with Orbital as the genre's leading exponent. --Jeff Bateman
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 29, 1996)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B000003RY8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,139 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When I first bought this, I had a mix of reactions, ranging from disgust to unjustified adoration.. Now that I've had plenty of time to expose myself to it, I can come up with a reasonable review. As this is my only FSOL purchase, I cannot compare it to their additional works (under this or any of their other ten thousand musical monikers). Nevertheless, if this opus is in any way representative of their other work, these guys are operating on genius level! They don't quite match up to Aphex Twin and Autechre level, yet they have a brand so unique that they are comparable. This album, along with about 99% of RDJ's SAW II and Ae's Tri Repetae, is quite possibly the closest you can safely get to a musical embodiment of a nightmare.. no joke. This music is so eerily beautiful it straddles the line between fear and seduction for the listener. Some songs are a bit of a turnoff, but others, such as #2:Dead Cities, #7:Max? Antique Toy? (stupid tracklisting),#10: Glass? Yage?, and #12: Through Your Gills..?? are absolutely blissful.. while others are in-your-face, almost to a maddening point, such as the ever-too-popular We Have Explosive (#4). Despite it's over use (everything from MTV to Wipeout XL to a homemade action flick :-), it's quite well constructed, and very energetic. As a whole, the tracks seem a tad flimsy.. not as solid as your stereotypical IDM or as deep, but upon further examination it becomes apparent that it's simply the sound of it.. it's actually more complex than you'd think. It has a very menacing, apocalyptic cityscape theme.. and is very death oriented (read the track titles). It creates a pretty strong vibe.Read more ›
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Along with ISDN this is FSOL grandest album. Dead Cities has everything going for it. Trippy beats and crisp percussion. Lots of atmospheric synths and floaty drones. A good sprinkling of chants too which I enjoy. Not only that but there are faster moments too.

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Dead Cities - very intimidating electronic. Overly agressive. Love it.
We Have Explosive - Again it's a faster track that builds upon a hard hitting electronic buzz hit. Pretty good although not as brilliant as some of the others on offer.
Everyone in the world - beautiful female voice which is joined by a larger choir. Pure atmosphere on this one. Sad too.
My Kingdom - More trip hop on this one. Really works. Especially when the female sample from Vangelis joins the mix.
Max - Nice change of pace. Very uplifting. Piano and sax. Creates great imagery of the sun rising in our
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Future Sound Of London's last tribute to the 20th century is an apocalyptic peace of mastery. With dark, almost industrial heavy beat on some of the tracks (Herd Killing, We Have Explosive), and ice-beautiful melodies on others (Glass, Through Your Gills I Breath), this album weaves a tapestry of opposites. There is compassion (Everyone In The World Is Doing Something Without Me), and majestic (My Kingdom). You progress through the album, closer to the climax of his apocalyptic end, and just when you think it's over, and the cities are ruined, there is a last gasp of air. A distant heavy rock band is playing the continues mantra, repeatedly crying "dead cities, dead cities" before melting away.
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This is obviously an amazing record to start off my Random Vinyl of the Week adventure, as I dig through my dusty archives. Released in 1996, Dead Cities was Garry Cobain and Brian Dougans' fourth full length album as The Future Sound of London. Dead Cities was that very last record and then there was a torturing silence for six years. Even when the duo returned in 2002 with The Isness, it was ... not the same... How can one describe the layered dark samples with memorable vocal lines that are implanted in my brain? "I have killed a man. A man who looked like me." The album is an absolute classic, and its complex ambient and cinematic fragments continue to offer new insight into the minds of FSOL. Dead Cities was not received with as much success as my absolute favorite, earlier 1994 release Lifeforms [the latter climbed to 6 position on the UK Album Charts, while Dead Cities got up to 22]. The music of Dead Cities features more sampled beats carefully blending in big-beat and bringing trip-hop into the mix. We Have Explosive (which also came out as a single) features several samples from Run DMC's album Tougher Than Leather. The rest of the sounds [all very dear and familiar to my mind at this point] all convey the atmosphere of urban decay. An album from the future that rusted in the past. Like a empty feeling after watching a rerun of Blade Runner [and the sample off Mary Hopkin's vocals from the movie's soundtrack], the eerie nostalgia of revisiting a dirty old friend crackles in the hindsight. Oh, and how's this for a shocker for you. On one of the tracks guess who's playing piano? I'll give you a hint. The title of the track is Max and the pianist's last name is Richter. In addition to restructured MIDI files, Max Richter has also contributed other recordings and "environments".Read more ›
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