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  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metamatic
  • ASIN: B001UACEC6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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John Foxx's My Lost City is released by Metamatic Records on 1 March, 2010. Most of the material on the album was recorded at Foxx's Shoreditch studio, The Garden, between 1981 1985. '' I hadn t listened to the recordings that are being released as the My Lost City album since they were made, over twenty years ago,' says Foxx. 'When I played them I was struck by the way they evoke a time and a place - and how I d been unaware of this when they were made. Then they seemed like fragments, unfinished and unsatisfying. A stop on the way to somewhere else. ''Now they seem like a time capsule discovered from under the streets. Made by someone else. Like an old radio tuned into a long gone station. Curious psychic electricals, crackling distantly from the speakers. ''They were recorded in East London. Back then, Shoreditch and Spitalfields were abandoned, dark and forgotten, yet only a step away from the City of London, the country s financial dynamo. I built a studio in the basement of an old Edwardian department store trees growing from the upper storeys when we moved in. I remember trying to make connections in this little laboratory between synthesizers and hymns and cities, churches, electricity and memory.'' For two decades the material remained untouched; just some old, forgotten tapes buried away in storage until they were rescued in late 2008. Apart from some minor remixing, they're essentially the sound of analogue synthesizers and a lost era when the area around the now bustling, brutally hip and ultra-expensive Hoxton Square was still an abandoned, deserted area of London. A kind of industrial ghost-town. In recent years, John Foxx has been experimenting as a film-maker (including a pioneering video for L.F.O. and recent performances of his Super 8 project Tiny Colour Movies in Melbourne, London and Barcelona), artist (exhibitions in London and New York and his images have been used on the covers of books by Anthony Burgess and Salman Rushdie) and musician and he's now developing a growing international reputation as a writer last year he headlined a major literature festival where he reads extracts from his as yet unfinished novel The Quiet Man. He is currently working on new material with Paul Daley (Leftfield) and Benge.

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This fantastic new album by electro-pioneer John Foxx feels incredibly personal to me, and brings back wonderful memories of interviewing John at the East London studio where he recorded this back in the mid Eighties. In fact, I like to imagine he broke off from recording these very tracks to do the interview and subsequent photo shoot.

Listening to tracks such as 'Holywell Lane', 'Just Passing Through', and 'Barbican Brakhage' feels just like I'm time travelling back to the very point these pieces of music were born. But this collection still has a contemporary feel to it, as if it had just been recorded. I'm more of a fan of John's recent releases with Louis Gordon such as 'Crash and Burn', 'From Trash' and the extraordinary 'Sideways' than, say, the more reflective instrumental ones like the 'Cathedral Oceans' series and 'Tiny Colour Movies', but 'My Lost City' has a lot more depth to it than those others. This represents MY Lost City...indeed it is also my lost past.

John has to be the most creative guy around at the moment, and he is at his most prolific by way of releasing material after a hiatus in the '90s. And he seems to be getting better and better. He writes wonderfully about this release in his quietman blog, "Electricity and Ghosts - the story behind My Lost City".

Thanks for re-discovering this John!
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Recorded in a studio in an old Edwardian department store, corner of Holywell Lane and Shoreditch High Street, London, in the early eighties. And then forgotten.
There are elements of church music interspersed with electronica and choral arrangements.
This is (possibly) the missing link between Foxx's Electronica and Ambient (Cathedral Oceans) genres.
Complete with stylish booklet.

A real gem. Not to be missed.
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For those of you who like driving synthpop or songs with chart potential then this one might not be for you. This is a work of contemplation, mood and I'd go as far as to say, personal. Evocative, atmospheric, moody and at time eerie, this is a mix of ancient and modern. Foxx manages to take you on a tour of old churches, desolate and decaying buildings with ghosts of the past walking out of hidden walls. The only reason I haven't given it a five rating is because I had attempted to put it on as background music on a couple of occasions, but inevitably found myself drawn into John's "lost world".
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Ok for JF could do better! Sounds like a school report!
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