- Audio CD (June 21, 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: History Always Favou
- ASIN: B00518HBBW
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,519 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Empty Bliss Beyond This World
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Audio CD, June 21, 2011
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it helps to be almost as old as some of these tunes. also be acquainted with the frustration of having kin and knowing friends whom have to deal with the world being a new place daily for their geriatric parents - those in the twilight of their by gone decades. there's a ghostly abandonment of hallowed dance halls that rings with the history of a black and white noir, classic film, a sinking ship going down with the captain. its all pop and click, ambient top 15 walk through hollywood and lost americana brought refreshingly back to life.
images of debonaire, spats, long tails, chiffon fluff skirts, champagne flowing, and clicking high heels shuffling, echoing a past rushing up in cadence to a refurbished tomorrow. whatever it is, it isn't like anything you are likely to hear again this year or any other. you and your loved ones over a certain age deserve a spin or too. a well spring of memories might surface so briefly to remember the most fond of mental, emotional imprints - a corsage and boutonniere choking on a shy hello.
His critically acclaimed Persistent Repetition of Phrases (2008), on a newly spun out History Always Favours The Winners, explored ghostly echoes of melodies almost familiar, if only your consciousness can hold on to them long enough. On An Empty Bliss Beyond This World, Kirby takes his unique approach even further, by guiding discarded material into endless loops, subtle effects, and suppressed memories. Using sampled layers from his secret collection of old 78″ records, including the vinyl surface noise, The Caretaker reconstructs nostalgia, flashbacks, and déjà vu. Inspired by the 2010 study on Alzheimer's disease, that has shown patients remembering new information with the aid of music, the fifteen small "memories" fade in and out of focus, sometimes ending abruptly, sometimes appearing twice on the album!
What's more amazing to me, is that after a few plays, these tunes become familiar and are at once stored in the banks of my memory. I love leaving this album playing in the background in my office! The covert art of the album features a specially commissioned painting by Ivan Seal. See if you can also hunt down a 72 track massive release, Theoretically Pure Anterograde Amnesia, digitally re-released by History Always Favours The Winners in 2009. Highly recommended!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Great old tunes, but the quality of the music is sometimes too scratchy.
But, the old tunes are very nostalgic.