The Long Goodbye is the new album from Riz Ahmed - a bracingly emotional exploration of identity and belonging via the distinctive, culturally diverse sound that Ahmed and Redinho forged on their critically acclaimed collaboration as part of Swet Shop Boys. The album places a personal lens on the divided times we live in, examining the rise of homeland alienation that so many of us feel, through the metaphor of a romantic breakup.
Accompanying the album is the short film The Long Goodbye, directed by Aneil Karia, whose debut feature just won a Jury prize at the Sundance Festival. The 11-minute The Long Goodbye is an uncompromising vision of what may lie ahead for us in these intolerant times; it is a wake-up call, a searingly honest insight into the fears that haunt many of us, and an uncompromising rallying cry. The Long Goodbye short was made in collaboration with WePresent, the editorial platform of WeTransfer.
Ahmed explains: "The record is a breakup album - but with your country. So many of us feel like we’re being dumped by the place we call home, a home that we built. It’s heartbreaking, and enraging - like the end of a toxic, abusive relationship. This album takes you on the journey of this breakup; through the stages of denial, anger, acceptance, and finally self-love to counter the hate.”
Over the span of the album and film of The Long Goodbye, Ahmed lays out this bold, emotional take on our political reality. The noise and chaos of the world right now is filtered through his stubbornly inventive, searching, and emotionally rooted vision - capturing our attention through feeling, rather than hurling lyrical soundbites in an endless debate. He lays out a warning about our world, and a roadmap to overcoming the heartbreak and rejection of hateful times through self-knowledge, and self love. These songs are the end result.