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The Stranger (Leyland Kirby)
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October 2014
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Fresh off the back of the staggering Death Of Rave reissue, Manchester-born, Krakow-based artist James Leyland Kirby presents a debut vinyl reissue of his 2008 intense drone classic Bleaklow under his The Stranger alias. Definitely not for the faint hearted, Bleaklow is an exercise is dark tones, formidable sonics and fearsome drones, leading off with the scowling feedback of ‘Something To Do With Death’ before moving through ambient laced drum rolls on ‘Exposure’ and the all-consuming ‘Exhumation’. On ‘Solemn Dedication’ and ‘Indefinite Ridge’ Kirby hints at a rhythm, with the former easily placed alongside the likes of Cut Hands’ voodoo terror and the later closer to Vatican Shadow’s pummelling industrial grit. The piece rounds off with ‘Ominous Sunset’ where a seemingly innocent sample has been mistreated into a feedback riddled, multilayered mass that finalises the general feeling of unease throughout this challenging epic.

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  1. 1 Something to do with death 5:10 The Stranger (Leyland Kirby)
  2. 2 Exposure 4:28 The Stranger (Leyland Kirby)
  3. 3 Exhumation 8:47 The Stranger (Leyland Kirby)
  4. 4 Solemn dedication 4:45 The Stranger (Leyland Kirby)
  5. 5 Indefinite ridge 5:17 The Stranger (Leyland Kirby)
  6. 6 Kirkbymoorside 7:05 The Stranger (Leyland Kirby)
  7. 7 Inverted Burial 6:11 The Stranger (Leyland Kirby)
  8. 8 Bleaklow 6:08 The Stranger (Leyland Kirby)
  9. 9 Bob Greaves 4:45 The Stranger (Leyland Kirby)
  10. 10 A melody drags me back 5:15 The Stranger (Leyland Kirby)
  11. 11 Ominous Sunset 5:58 The Stranger (Leyland Kirby)

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