“You’ll find yourself awash in lush soundscapes of guitars, synths, and a deep-pocketed rhythm section time and again which is a very good thing. In comparing their sound to the likes of 65daysofstatic, Cult Of Luna, This Will Destroy You, and others who create expansive, almost dreamlike states from their interplay we welcome a new band into this distinguished club. So sit back, relax, and dissolve into Persona.” — Heavy Blog Is Heavy
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Heavy Blog Is Heavy is currently streaming Persona, the new studio offering from Parisian post-rock outfit LOST IN KIEV. Set for release Friday, April 26th via Pelagic Records, the record is 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.
Notes Heavy Blog Is Heavy of the release, “You’ll find yourself awash in lush soundscapes of guitars, synths, and a deep-pocketed rhythm section time and again which is a very good thing. In comparing their sound to the likes of 65daysofstatic, Cult Of Luna, This Will Destroy You, and others who create expansive, almost dreamlike states from their interplay we welcome a new band into this distinguished club. So sit back, relax, and dissolve into Persona.”
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View the band’s previously-released videos for “Lifelooper” and the title track below.
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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.
“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
“This album hurtles through all types of different dimensions while exploring and examining the human relation to artificial intelligence (AI). The opening combination of the title track and “Lifelooper” does a masterful job of grabbing the listener’s attention and setting us up for what is to come throughout the first half of the record.” — Heavy Blog Is Heavy
“LOST IN KIEV have managed to create a rich dystopian atmosphere with their new album Persona, imbuing the listener with a copious amount of emotions spanning from existential dread to sociological empowerment.” — Everything Is Noise