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ARTIST
TITLE
My Lost City
FORMAT
CD

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META 021CD META 021CD
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RELEASE DATE
8/21/2015

2009 release. John Foxx's My Lost City was mostly recorded at John Foxx's Shoreditch studio, The Garden, between 1981 and 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 John 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 analog 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. John Foxx has since been experimenting as a film-maker (with a pioneering video for LFO's 1991 hit "LFO" and performances of his 2006 Super 8 project Tiny Colour Movies in Melbourne, London, and Barcelona), artist (with exhibitions in London and New York and the use of his images on the covers of books by Anthony Burgess and Salman Rushdie), and musician, and he's also developing a growing international reputation as a writer -- in 2009 he headlined a major literature festival where he read extracts from his unfinished novel The Quiet Man.