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Decayed Decayed (2007)

It's a record about getting old and looking back
Talking about hip-hop and rap
The sorry state of the world today
The horrible things we do and say
The way it will all return to dust
Entropy, decay, and rust
All ripped straight from daily life
February 2007 - 28 days and nights
The sound is modern and stripped-down
Minimal, distressed somehow
Bit-reduced, distorted, glitched
Clicks and buzzes, boom and hiss
...
Contemporary sounds visit the intersection of old-school rap (Run-DMC, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa) and early industrial dance (Nitzer Ebb, Suicide, Cabaret Voltaire).

Cyborg Love Songs (2008)

An electronic rock album product delivering nearly 40 minutes of listening pleasure.

Contents include thoughts on the quest for perfection and our relationship with technology. It is a concept album with an implied rather than explicit story.

"I like cyborg love songs - they're very precise."

Sounds like modern Depeche Mode.

Overcast (2009)

Anu delivers a modern electronic guitar rock record.

"A glitch Floyd dystopia" with slowcore, goth, ambient, and more traditional rock influences.

Influenced by The Church, Pink Floyd, Chameleons UK, The Sisters of Mercy, David Sylvian, Fennesz, Neil Young, Underworld, and more. Programmed beats, distressed guitars, and vocals.

Reflection (2010)

"Bryan Ferry in Blade Runner" - a cinematic, stark, minimal, and restrained alternative record. Influenced by Scott Walker, David Sylvian, Bryan Ferry. Non-traditional acoustic instruments, electric piano, and found percussion. Unique soundscapes and quiet, deep vocals.

The Ghost Town (2011)

Anu heads West. Modernist stylings, oblique themes, and odd parallels combine to produce a Western-influenced alternative album.

Classic cowboy sounds. Spaghetti westerns. T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land". Bay Area boom towns. The Mojave desert. Manifest Destiny. The closing of the American West.

Voice. Wind, dust, rust, sand and wood. Twangy Telecaster. Creaking and buzzing acoustic guitars. Prepared piano clunks and sighs. Synthesizers sing and thrum. Melodica. Electronic beats, shakers, and hand claps.

Techs-Mex. Cowbot. Clip-clop trip-hop. Downhome downtempo. Westronica.

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Anu

BIOGRAPHY

Anu has been creating music for more than two decades.

He earned two certificates of merit in electronic music at Dartmouth College, studying under Jon Appleton and Christan Wolff.

He is a pioneer and expert in the Internet music industry, and one of the creators of the Rhapsody Music Service.

Sometimes he teaches "A History of 20th Century Music" at Duke University's Talent Identification Program.

Anu currently lives in San Francisco and continues to write, perform, and record.

BAND MEMBERS
Anu: All noises. Computer, guitar, voice.

YEARS COMPLETED
2007,2008,2009,2010,2011

GENRES
Alternative Rap,Electronica,Alternative Rock

OTHER BAND SITES
http://www.anukirk.com
http://www.sidluscious.com
http://www.alonetone.com/anu


Completed Albums

Decayed Decayed(2007)

It's a record about getting old and looking back
Talking about hip-hop and rap
The sorry state of the world today
The horrible things we do and say
The way it will all return to dust
Entropy, decay, and rust
All ripped straight from daily life
February 2007 - 28 days and nights
The sound is modern and stripped-down
Minimal, distressed somehow
Bit-reduced, distorted, glitched
Clicks and buzzes, boom and hiss
...
Contemporary sounds visit the intersection of old-school rap (Run-DMC, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa) and early industrial dance (Nitzer Ebb, Suicide, Cabaret Voltaire).


(Are U Gonna) Look Tha Other Way?   Download
Turn The Headphones Up   Download
Satellite Dish   Download
Fishwrap   Download
Back Track   Download
Ouroboros   Download
My Beat   (preferred)   Download
Decayed, Decayed   Download
[Think About Your Life]
Instrumentals Are A Cop-Out   Download

Cyborg Love Songs(2008)

An electronic rock album product delivering nearly 40 minutes of listening pleasure.

Contents include thoughts on the quest for perfection and our relationship with technology. It is a concept album with an implied rather than explicit story.

"I like cyborg love songs - they're very precise."

Sounds like modern Depeche Mode.


Daemons   (preferred)   Download
Magnesium and other metals   Download
Home is where the hum is   Download
Ctrl-Q   Download
Perfect   Download
Download   Download
Cyborg Love Song   Download
Undo   Download

Overcast(2009)

Anu delivers a modern electronic guitar rock record.

"A glitch Floyd dystopia" with slowcore, goth, ambient, and more traditional rock influences.

Influenced by The Church, Pink Floyd, Chameleons UK, The Sisters of Mercy, David Sylvian, Fennesz, Neil Young, Underworld, and more. Programmed beats, distressed guitars, and vocals.


Resigned   Download
The Signal   Download
The Distant Future   Download
1,000,001   Download
In Morpheus Station   Download
After The Revolution   Download
The Blue Sea   (preferred)   Download
I Remember L.A.   Download

Reflection(2010)

"Bryan Ferry in Blade Runner" - a cinematic, stark, minimal, and restrained alternative record. Influenced by Scott Walker, David Sylvian, Bryan Ferry. Non-traditional acoustic instruments, electric piano, and found percussion. Unique soundscapes and quiet, deep vocals.


San Francisco, 2010   Download
Another New Me   (preferred)   Download
The Only Things   Download
Blue The Light   Download
1187 Hundertwasser   Download
Something Like Love   Download
The Broken Rain   Download
Two Minutes   Download
Write Protect Failure   Download

The Ghost Town(2011)

Anu heads West. Modernist stylings, oblique themes, and odd parallels combine to produce a Western-influenced alternative album.

Classic cowboy sounds. Spaghetti westerns. T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land". Bay Area boom towns. The Mojave desert. Manifest Destiny. The closing of the American West.

Voice. Wind, dust, rust, sand and wood. Twangy Telecaster. Creaking and buzzing acoustic guitars. Prepared piano clunks and sighs. Synthesizers sing and thrum. Melodica. Electronic beats, shakers, and hand claps.

Techs-Mex. Cowbot. Clip-clop trip-hop. Downhome downtempo. Westronica.


The Empty Sky   Download
For the Love of Mary Lee   Download
Tumbleweed   Download
Interstate Wasteland   Download
The Ghost Town   Download
What The Wire Said   Download
The Crossing   Download