LOST IN KIEV – video premiere
LOST IN KIEV
The Release Date
April 26th, 2019
LOST IN KIEV have always been one of the few truly suggestive post rock bands: they do lack a vocalist, and yet their music is prosaic, cinematic and deeply saturated with anecdotes, philosophical reflections and stories. Written and conceptualized to be reflections on humanity in a fictional futuristic context where artificial intelligence is fully implemented into everyday life, Persona does not impose any sort of political or moral position on the topic: LOST IN KIEV create fictional characters and let them talk, breathe, cry and live through intimate stories and cathartic experiences on a screen behind the band, while they perform live… 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 GY!BE’s „Blaise Bailey Finnegan III“. LOST IN KIEV take 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 interprete the different voices on screen. An inverted soundtrack of sorts, or musical fiction, always tinged with realism in a striking and emotionally intense way.
„The tracks Lifelooper® and Mindfiles are inspired by the life of Ray Kurzweil, a former Google engineer, who wanted to reincarnate his father by means of AI. His ambition was to implement human memories (Mindfiles) into a robot and hence bring a deceased character back to life. This made us wonder about the meaning of disappearance, death and mourning in a technological context, where the use of personal human memories is on one hand motivated by a strong emotional driver and wish, but on the other hand the idea of copying a deceased human being must be essentially emotionally confusing.
The last track, Mecasocialis starts off with a quasi-prophetic sample announcing the inauguration of a more human future. Do not all of us sometimes have the feeling that our lives are already robotic and regulated, that we move within the paradigms and presets of school/uni/work/death like robots following pre-programmed patterns? Once artificial intelligence will provide a perfect imitation of human behavior, what will remain of humanity?“
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Yoann Vermeulen : Drums / Samples
Maxime Ingrand : Guitar / Synth
Jean Christophe Condette : Bass / Synth
Dimitri Denat : Guitar