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Persistent repetition of phrases

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Portis To me, this is The Caretaker that is fully realized. Some with the Caretaker choral elements, some with the Caretaker horns, some with that piano. The surface noise accentuates, not overpowers. It seems to get even better as the release unfolds.
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KingofSushi Even though this album deals with memory defects and also has some creepy moments, there are parts of this that put me in a strange state of pure peace in a way that few other albums have been able to achieve for me. Favorite track: Persistent repetition of phrases.
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Cody Graham by far kirby's most underrated release. takes haunting to a new level. Favorite track: Von Restorff effect.
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crimsonking1969 Wonderful. The source for this is Louis Armstrong - uncle Satchmo's Lullaby :) Favorite track: Long term (remote).
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no one I am overwhelmed with the emotion of untraceable memories buried somewhere in the past whenever I listen to this song (false memory syndrome). I see a lake at dusk, it's mirrorlike surface quickly fading to the impenetrable black of night and absence. I want to be there, to know again the feeling I felt in the presence of a twilight full of emotions from indecipherable causes, but I don't even know where it exists now. Was it even a real place? Favorite track: False memory syndrome.
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'Persistent Repetition Of Phrases' success comes from the attention it pays to the function of 'the loop', not only as a narrative ordering system in modern music, but as a means by which the brain itself recalls and interprets information; it's as old as recorded sound itself, but in this context the repetition of small shards of auditory information becomes an elegy to fading memory and the worn-out synapses of old age. The track titles offer signposts through Kirby's labyrinth of faulty remembrances, pointing their way towards the peculiarities dictating the manner by which the mind stores and attempts to recover information.


released April 1, 2008


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“The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

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