“The bass-heavy grooves and deeply meditative melodic power of the song transports the listener to the imaginary, futuristic realm the group has created within the song. If post-rock does anything (and this post-rock band certainly does), it’s to allow the listener the freedom to discover themselves inside the music.” — PopMatters
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Persona is the impending new long layer from Parisian post-rock outfit LOST IN KIEV. Raw and driven, oozing with thick synth textures and a great sense of melancholy and drama, Persona sees LOST IN KIEV further expand their own idiosyncratic take on cinematic, contemporary post rock delivering and stands among the band’s most astounding compositions to date.
In advance of its release later this month, PopMatters is pleased to debut the band’s visual accompaniment to the track “Lifelooper.”
Notes the band of the intriguing clip, “’Lifelooper’ evokes a future where we can create avatars of ourselves; a future that somehow proposes to transform our lives into an infinite loop or a perfect circle. The music video shows this concept by using the prism of the mirror on the main shot and also by the circular shot which in the end is intensely used. This track was one of the first composed and one of the most difficult to finish. We did a couple of versions of this one, and the end totally changes the second part of the track. That leads us to create an almost full electronic and punchy part; something really new for us. We found that this contrast with the heavy post metal beginning sounds really interesting for the concept of the track. The track is a kind of sequencing of different loops.”
Adds PopMatters, “The bass-heavy grooves and deeply meditative melodic power of the song transports the listener to the imaginary, futuristic realm the group has created within the song. If post-rock does anything (and this post-rock band certainly does), it’s to allow the listener the freedom to discover themselves inside the music.”
View “Lifelooper,” courtesy of PopMatters, at THIS LOCATION.
View LOST IN KIEV’s previously-released video for the record’s title track at below.
Persona will be released on CD, digital, and vinyl formats via Pelagic Records April 26th. See below for preordering info:
Written and conceptualized to be reflections on humanity in a fictional futuristic context where artificial intelligence is fully implemented into everyday life, Persona, LOST IN KIEV’s third full-length, does not impose any sort of political or moral position on the topic. The band instead creates fictional characters and lets them talk, breathe, cry, and live through intimate stories and cathartic experiences on a screen behind the band, while they perform live.
“The main challenge with this record was how to write more direct and shorter post-rock tracks with the same intensity as our previous, longer compositions,” guitarist Maxime Ingrand explains, “and also finding the right balance between traditional post rock, the addition of synths and machines, and the texts for the film.” LOST IN KIEV have always been one of the few truly suggestive post rock bands: they lack a vocalist and yet their music is prosaic, cinematic, and deeply saturated with anecdotes, philosophical reflections and stories.
Post-rock has ever since its beginnings shown an affinity to the use of speech samples, and has borrowed voices from movies or speeches by celebrities like Iggy Pop as in Mogwai’s “Punk Rock“ or random lost souls as in Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s “Blaise Bailey Finnegan III.” LOST IN KIEV takes this tradition to the next level, by writing their own genuine storyline, and making their own movie to their album. Ever since 2016’s Nuit Noir, the band has recorded their own spoken words, as opposed to plagiarizing from movies. During their live performances, these voiceovers are synchronized with video projections showing actors who interpret the different voices on screen. An inverted soundtrack of sorts, or musical fiction, always tinged with realism in a striking and emotionally intense way.
Fans of Mogwai, 65 Days Of Static, Pg.Lost, Cult Of Luna, This Will Destroy You, Explosions In The Sky, Maybeshewill, Meniscus, and soundtrack music, pay heed.