The Caretaker aka Leyland Kirby aka V/vm aka The Stranger

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His music is being discussed all over this board, but couldn't find a thread that's solely dedicated to the man's great music. Let's make it this one.

As Leyland Kirby this year he's releasing 4x12"'s called 'Intrigue & Stuff', two new Caretaker albums (one of which is a soundtrack to documentary 'Patience' based on a WG Sebald book) and a new Leyland Kirby album.

For a minimum of 15 quid you get all of the above in digital format, too. It's available on his website

I just paid up and got my link for the 1st volume of 'Intrigue & Stuff'. The emphasis should be on Stuff rather than Intrigue tbh, most cuts haven't made it to a previous album for a reason. Two quality tracks though. Anyone got this as well?

I'm highly anticipating the new Caretaker album. 'Persistent Repetition of Phrases' is a work of sheer genius.

Future Debts Collector (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 21 April 2011 12:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

Hmmm.

In regards to the Caretaker stuff:

I dig 'Persistant Repetition of Phrases' and 'Stairway to the Stars', and even 'Recollected Memories From the Museum of Garden History', but I think the well might be running dry.

'Theoretically Pure Anterograde Amnesia' was a bit of a mess of digital timestretching and frankly not that interesting...

fucking up the race charts (S-), Thursday, 21 April 2011 15:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

All I have is "Selected Memories From The Haunted Ballroom", I think I like it but I haven't listened to it in years...

Stars of the Lidl (seandalai), Thursday, 21 April 2011 15:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

I FUCKING LOVE LEYLAND KIRBY

Deleted Scenes/Forgotten Dreams is an all-timer for me; I got into it right around the time I got into Gavin Bryars' The Sinking Of The Titanic and ended up playing them back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-etc for months. Sadly The Future... is really really good too but it requires a commitment to listen to it all so I don't play it quite as much. unfortunately I haven't heard Persistent Repetition since I desperately want to get a LP copy and don't want to spoil that first listen (worst excuse ever but what can you do) but I've heard nothing but good things about it.

all I've heard from Intrigue & Stuff is the samples on Boomkat but they are all pretty arresting; can't wait for the vinyl to get here. however I absolutely love "Polaroid", his contribution to the (amazing) Ghostly Int. comp from earlier this year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftpPE1uoMmI

you penis-curling she-devils (jamescobo), Tuesday, 26 April 2011 17:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

sprung for the digital subscription and listened to vol. 1 of I&S over the weekend; I'm not a fan of "Video 2000" like the rest of the world seems to be but everything on the b-side is absolutely magical. check this out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQQ5uunt7i8

you penis-curling she-devils (jamescobo), Monday, 16 May 2011 16:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah I've been really digging that one, too. Not too fond of 'Video 2000' which is a bit too hectic for its own good I'd say. Having said that, on what planet does "the rest of the world" enjoy that one? I'd live there without a doubt. (I've not read any thumbs up on V2000 but then I don't visit "the blogosphere" too often)

Really anticipating the new Caretaker albums.

...wow! (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 16 May 2011 16:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

"the rest of the world" = Boomkat & Norman Records' writeups which as far as I can tell aren't just C&P'd from the press releases.

speaking of which, the new Caretaker album just got sent out to digital HAFTW subscribers (me)! Boomkat has the physical releases right now too:

http://boomkat.com/search?fields[]=artist&q=THE+CARETAKER

according to the digital mailer it'll be available via Forced Exposure in the US of States but god forbid I should get stuck with *shudder* non-limited vinyl.

you penis-curling she-devils (jamescobo), Thursday, 19 May 2011 20:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh man oh man oh mannnn....

Just got back from a long city hall meeting for work... I was ballroom-minded all night, art-deco twinkling in the chandeliers, grainy landscape photos on the wall, cuddly static noise and crackles over the PA driving the voices to the background and the crackling and pops to the fore... and I come home and there it is! There it fucking is. The digital subscription delivers the new Caretaker album!

Oh man... A night to remember... I'm busting! I feel like a schoolboy being floored by a crush.

...wow! (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 19 May 2011 21:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

Ordered the vinyl too, obv

...wow! (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 19 May 2011 21:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

update for US ILXors: Experimedia's carrying it too

you penis-curling she-devils (jamescobo), Thursday, 19 May 2011 22:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

the new one is quite spectacular

you penis-curling she-devils (jamescobo), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 03:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

new Intrigue & Stuff went out today! first two singles didn't really do anything for me but the third is a 20-minute Badalamenti-esque masterpiece. between that and Destroyer's "The Laziest River" my end-of-the-year mix CD is only going to have like four songs on it.

XBOX BING GOATSE (jamescobo), Friday, 8 July 2011 07:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

Pleasantly surprised to see his e-mail with the download link! I do enjoy the set-up of this deal. Paying a certain amount per year to receive what will probably be five or six albums/ep's, always a great surprise to suddenly, unannounced have new music available. I think he's down very well on the business side of things. Personally staying in touch, obviously caring for his listeners/fans. He's a prince.

Asamoah Nyan (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 8 July 2011 08:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

next album's out! I didn't find out until a few days after the email went out (it must have gotten caught in my spam folder despite being the EXACT OPPOSITE of spam) so I doubt I got one of the white vinyl copies from Boomkat though :(

punk rock hyrax (jamescobo), Sunday, 4 September 2011 03:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

New one might be my favourite yet. "My dream contained a star" in particular.

toby, Friday, 16 September 2011 08:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

Is it actually the same tune as "Mental caverns without Sunshine" off An Empty Bliss? I think it might be. Haven't listened back to back though.

toby, Friday, 16 September 2011 13:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

Err, no it's not. Oops. I swear that Mental Caverns track is the same tune as *something* else by him, though.

toby, Friday, 16 September 2011 13:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

finally, a third person's posting in this thread :)

and yes the new album is QUITE great. I dunno if I like it more than the last Caretaker album (my overall album of the year so far) but it's just so god damn pretty. Kirby's 2011 has been utterly unfuckwithable all around; the Intrigue & Stuff EPs have had a couple of songs which have been a little abrasive for my taste but aside from that dude's batting a thousand. props should go to Lupo at D+M for his work mastering Kirby's stuff too; I'm a digital subscriber but I always try to wait to listen until the vinyl to show up just to revel in all the space on those records.

punk rock hyrax (jamescobo), Friday, 16 September 2011 16:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

Three is a nice crowd :-)

But I agree, the mastering is very good. Somehow his music feels so vulnerable to lay on vinyl, but all the records I got this year are just great.

The new one still has to completely sink in. 'Persistent Repetition of Phrases' is still my favourite, a milestone and life-changing record. But everything he's released this year (apart from Intrigue & Stuff, which is a bit hit or miss for me) is just great, great stuff.

Vision Kreayshawn Newsun (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 16 September 2011 18:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'm not sure I've ever listened to 'Persistent Repetition of Phrases', so I clearly should (I bought the first Caretaker album when it came out, and then skipped them all until this year). My only problem with the Caretaker album from this year (and maybe all of them?) is that the tracks are too short.

toby, Friday, 16 September 2011 18:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oh man... I can't even begin to imagine not having heard 'Persistent'! I'll guarantee you intense nostalgic satisfaction! :)

Vision Kreayshawn Newsun (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 16 September 2011 18:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

it absolutely kills me that I cannot find Persistent on vinyl, for a reasonable price or otherwise.

punk rock hyrax (jamescobo), Friday, 16 September 2011 19:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

Well, yeah. I was fortunate to be able to get one. Maybe try it on discogs?

Vision Kreayshawn Newsun (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 16 September 2011 19:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oh, you said reasonable price, nevermind... :-/

Vision Kreayshawn Newsun (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 16 September 2011 20:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

even Discogs & GEMM don't have any copies! I even emailed him directly to ax if he had any left but even I'm lolling at the idea of that. LE SIGH. on the plus side, I've gotten the colored pressings of everything he's put out this year apart from the first I&S (whose existence I discovered several weeks after its release) so at least my gotta-catch-em-all instincts are sated on that front.

punk rock hyrax (jamescobo), Friday, 16 September 2011 21:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

sad lol @ gemm

Do you not want to listen to 'Persistent' if it is not vinyl? If not I will hook you up with the mp3's, just say the word.

Vision Kreayshawn Newsun (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 16 September 2011 22:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

haha thanks man; I got it on CD already but I'm specifically looking for it on the Lord's own format.

punk rock hyrax (jamescobo), Friday, 16 September 2011 22:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

I've been using The Caretaker album as naptime music for my baby since June. Works great.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 16 September 2011 22:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

hey Le Bateau Ivre, we have v similar tastes and I know nothing about this dude's post-VVM projects, so maybe you could hit me up with an ILX webmail if you don't mind... also y'all have got me ordering from experimedia now between this and the Emeralds thread.

sleeve, Saturday, 17 September 2011 00:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

many xposts

(I bought the first Caretaker album when it came out, and then skipped them all until this year)

YOU MUST GET THIS IMMEDIATELY

punk rock hyrax (jamescobo), Saturday, 17 September 2011 06:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ah sorry (and thanks for the webmail) - was writing in a hurry, should have said that was what got me back into him again - so nothing between the first Caretaker album and that. Yeah, those pieces are more of the right length for me (although after 3 hours or so I tend to run out of enthusiasm for it).

toby, Saturday, 17 September 2011 07:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

Sleeve, check your email :)

Vision Kreayshawn Newsun (Le Bateau Ivre), Saturday, 17 September 2011 11:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

just heard back!

The Caretaker album you ask about may be re-released on Vinyl next year at somepoint, all depends on interest and demand as represses are always expensive and a big risk if there’s not a demand as i work from more or less no money this end.

ILX HOW DO WE MAKE THIS HAPPEN

punk rock hyrax (jamescobo), Saturday, 17 September 2011 18:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

About which album is that?

Regardless, I'm down.

Vision Kreayshawn Newsun (Le Bateau Ivre), Saturday, 17 September 2011 19:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

Persistent Repetition

punk rock hyrax (jamescobo), Saturday, 17 September 2011 21:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

Well that is the one, so count me in.

I love how approachable he still is. He always answers, in a true way, too.

Vision Kreayshawn Newsun (Le Bateau Ivre), Saturday, 17 September 2011 22:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

and yes the new album is QUITE great.

Yes, yes it is. And it's suiting a grey and rainy morning brilliantly.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 5 October 2011 17:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

wait, what is the new album called? i can't find any reviews.

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 5 October 2011 18:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

Eager to Tear Apart the Stars

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 5 October 2011 18:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

while ILX was down (NEVAR FORGET) I finally managed to pick up a copy of Persistent Repetition on vinyl for $20 shipped! it hurt me in my heart not to be able to crow about my score to the two other people who read this thread; instead the only folks who heard were my neighbors who had to suffer through a few minutes of literal whooping & hollering when the auction ended. (there was also actually a second copy on eBay at the time which I wanted to bring interested parties itt but, well, yeah.)

punk rock hyrax (jamescobo), Thursday, 20 October 2011 06:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

Woohoo, congrats! And a very good price too, I might add, I've not seen them around that cheap before.

Here's a nice, extensive interview The Quietus had with him 10 days ago.

There's definitely something about Chris De Burgh, I think it's his eyebrows. Very strange eyebrows, Chris De Burgh. He's a very small man as well. I actually gave him a copy of the 'Lady In Red' mix I did on vinyl, I handed it to him and said 'I think you might know that one', and he just smiled at me. I never heard anything back, but he must have listened to it. He didn't want to sue me, so that's quite nice.

Y Kant Lou Reed (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 20 October 2011 07:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

Persistent Repetition is a god damned REVELATION on vinyl.

punk rock hyrax (jamescobo), Saturday, 29 October 2011 06:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Patience for Sebald is FINALLY up for order on Boomkat!

DWARF ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (jamescobo), Thursday, 12 January 2012 18:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeaahhhhhhhh blue vinyl baby!

I certainly wouldn't have, but hey. (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 12 January 2012 18:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

The patronage type thing he put together last year is still pretty great. I just get an email with a download link every once in a while when he releases new material. I think the Sebald one is included.

mh, Thursday, 12 January 2012 20:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

... and I received the link via email a couple minutes after posting that.

mh, Thursday, 12 January 2012 20:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

Heh, yeah I just got it too, from the digital subscription. Still ordering the blue vinyl though

I certainly wouldn't have, but hey. (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 12 January 2012 21:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

I've said it a kajillion times in this thread but Kirby's stuff is always worth hearing on vinyl, if only to hear how world-class mastering can make a great record even better.

DWARF ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (jamescobo), Friday, 13 January 2012 01:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

and so that you can get the cover art in big-ass size!

DWARF ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (jamescobo), Friday, 13 January 2012 01:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

8.0 for Patience For Sebald from PF today:

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/16220-patience-after-sebald/

my copy just showed up last night, looking forward to listening to it!

also in a fit of profound fiscal irresponsibility I sprung for the only copy of A Stairway To The Stars available on the internet, which I think makes my Kirby/Caretaker vinyl collection complete (though I need to upgrade my copy of Intrigue & Stuff #1 to a clear-vinyl copy).

DWARF ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (jamescobo), Friday, 27 January 2012 18:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

maybe I should look into selling some of my earlier caretaker purchases, hmm

mh, Thursday, 28 September 2017 17:57 (one year ago) Permalink

when this comes in i'll have the regular version of stage 1, no copy of stage 2, and the color LP version of stage 3. *calculates* my caretaker everywhere at the time fan score is...6.3

Karl Malone, Thursday, 28 September 2017 17:58 (one year ago) Permalink

there are a few US places that have a somewhat similar selection (experimedia, forced exposure directly for things distributed by them) but sometimes the exclusives never go to US stores

mh, Thursday, 28 September 2017 17:58 (one year ago) Permalink

And doesn't Boomkat do a lot of their own exclusive, limited pressings of some artists, so they won't turn up elsewhere at all

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Friday, 29 September 2017 01:38 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

CD version of Everywhere At The End Of Time Stages 1-3 currently on sale at Norman Records (though they're only listing one copy as available at the time of writing).

djh, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 12:20 (one year ago) Permalink

boomkat also. "in stock" doesn't say how many.

koogs, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 13:10 (one year ago) Permalink

i received my fancy transparent blue super limited rare collectible edition of Stage 3 in the mail a few days ago, but just now had a chance to listen to it. as i mentioned above, i also have Stage 1 (normcore version), but not Stage 2. so maybe it's easier for me to hone in on the shifting approaches between each stage because i have more of a contrast.

i am a fan of looping music that avoids the big blocky dance 4/4 style of repetition, and the caretaker's music really hits the spot for me. a good loop, audio or otherwise, creates an otherworldly sense of time, something in between the stasis of a photograph and the normal experience of linear time. the music in Stage 1 turns so many circles that it's almost nauseating to listen to, and i mean that in a good way (others, i expect, would not mean it in a good way. other creatures, too - my dog gets PISSED whenever i put it on). it's nauseating because it sounds like blurred vision, like getting the spins after way too many drinks, almost, which makes sense with this project because of the connections between alcohol abuse and memory loss, both acute and long term, and early onset of alzheimer's and dementia.

after first listen, Stage 3 is already sounding more like a closed eye re-imagination of Stage 1. at times recognizable old snippets pop up, and others seem familiar but smeared. there's a really beautifully sad, quiet portion of the second side that lasts for quite a bit longer than many of the other themes. i know i'm relying too much on a literal interpretation of the project, but it really sounds like getting caught up in a memory and just kind of wandering off, turning it around and around. if you think of the circling themes of stage 1 as hurricaning paintswirls, this quiet section would almost be like a thin line of the paintswirl dripping off to the side and down off the canvas. where Stage 1 was nauseating, i found myself genuinely unsettled by 3.

Currently (Karl Malone), Thursday, 19 October 2017 18:21 (one year ago) Permalink

I almost don't dare listen, this type of music messes with my head

niels, Thursday, 19 October 2017 21:27 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

New one up, dedicated to Mark K-Punk Fisher. But I only just now say the mail, and they're all gone damnit.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 15 December 2017 20:07 (one year ago) Permalink

man I tried listening to this stuff and it just sounds like someone sampling huge chunks of old thrift store records. do not get it at all.

sleeve, Friday, 15 December 2017 20:08 (one year ago) Permalink

wtf is the matter with you, stop it ;)

(i agree)

Cardi Acs (imago), Friday, 15 December 2017 20:28 (one year ago) Permalink

Well yes, he is doing that?

Evan, Friday, 15 December 2017 20:31 (one year ago) Permalink

xp IDGI != "fraud"

<3 ;)

I have liked other stuff of his! this just baffles me.

sleeve, Friday, 15 December 2017 20:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh you're speaking specifically about this new one? I'll have to check it out and see.

Evan, Friday, 15 December 2017 20:37 (one year ago) Permalink

Not this LP, but what isn't wonderful about turning this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPTgiarKc5Y

into this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l236v7FfNBs

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 15 December 2017 21:24 (one year ago) Permalink

I have this outtakes/Fisher tribute one coming

mh, Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:34 (one year ago) Permalink

Got it (the CD) at the Barbican show, haven't played it yet. I suspect it might be the same as the music from the show, in fact (it's about the same length).

toby, Saturday, 16 December 2017 10:39 (one year ago) Permalink

PS Le Bateau Ivre, I tried to send you webmail about this.

toby, Sunday, 17 December 2017 15:53 (one year ago) Permalink

Ahh, could you try again? My ilxmail (old address) was full, but it's good to receive again now!

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Sunday, 17 December 2017 16:26 (one year ago) Permalink

Sent again!

toby, Sunday, 17 December 2017 17:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Got it! :)

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Sunday, 17 December 2017 18:00 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

did you all get the email about the free download?

THE CARETAKER - 'TAKE CARE. IT'S A DESERT OUT THERE...'
(FREE DOWNLOAD)

Today as The Caretaker I arrive in your inbox bearing a digital gift.
Please find below some download links to a free Caretaker release.
This long form piece was created in collaboration with my Friend Ivan Seal.
Created in memory of and for the late great Mark Fisher with proceeds raised
from all CD sales being donated in full to MIND. It is music for reflection.

Copies of the CD were given away to the audience for free at The Caretaker
Barbican performance in London last December with last remaining copies being
sold today via Boomkat.

There will be no future repress.

100% of the sales money donated to MIND.

Feel free to download the audio for free via
the WeTransfer links below.

MP3: http://ymlp41.com/wewalaebqmualaywataubmsh/click.php
WAV: http://ymlp41.com/weqaoaebqmuaxaywakaubmsh/click.php
FLAC: http://ymlp41.com/weyavaebqmuavaywalaubmsh/click.php

(i got this last week and haven't checked the links...)

koogs, Friday, 13 April 2018 16:26 (one year ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Would anyone have the tracks from his 365 project (where he posted a track or two a day for a year)? Most were pretty average, but would love to hear 'pancake day' again. No longer online and the HDD I had my music on at the time is long gone. Soulseek alerts haven't delivered.

S-, Sunday, 3 March 2019 23:54 (two months ago) Permalink

oddly, i was looking at the disks that my copy of this was on only yesterday...

http://www.koogy.clara.co.uk/vvmt365_0228_pancakeday.mp3

koogs, Monday, 4 March 2019 08:33 (two months ago) Permalink

You wouldn't happen to have the full 365-project in mp3 would you? It's something of a holy grail for me!

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 4 March 2019 09:36 (two months ago) Permalink

i do, but i don't have the space or the bandwidth to upload about a gig of data.

koogs, Monday, 4 March 2019 09:44 (two months ago) Permalink

Ah man! Not even via wetransfer? Been searching for it for absolute ages.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 4 March 2019 09:45 (two months ago) Permalink

the bandwidth for wetransfer is still a gig.

i can do a dvd in the post (he says, wondering if he has any blank dvds)

koogs, Monday, 4 March 2019 09:46 (two months ago) Permalink

That would be fantastic! I'll reimburse any costs obv. Can I ilxmail you?

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 4 March 2019 09:48 (two months ago) Permalink

(my ilxmail doesn't work, apparently, if you give me an email addy i'll be in touch)

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 4 March 2019 09:51 (two months ago) Permalink

have just checked and i can send ilx mail to myself, so feel free.

it's not very good, mind.

koogs, Monday, 4 March 2019 09:54 (two months ago) Permalink

So he did this a full 7 years before Dominique Leone, lol

I compiled a 28-track best-of for Leone - would be fun to see if either of you fancies doing the same for this

imago, Monday, 4 March 2019 10:01 (two months ago) Permalink

it's not very good, mind.

― koogs, Monday, March 4, 2019 10:54 AM (fifteen minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I'm aware, but that's not really the point :) Will be in touch.

Lj I'd def make a 28-track best of V/vm's 365!

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 4 March 2019 10:10 (two months ago) Permalink

The Caretaker 1999-2019

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 14 March 2019 17:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Very curious to hear how he sees this through to the end.

pomenitul, Thursday, 14 March 2019 17:36 (two months ago) Permalink

I tried Part V but it really didn't work for me. Hopefully this last chapter is up to a little more.

Simon H., Thursday, 14 March 2019 17:37 (two months ago) Permalink

Same, V was one of the weaker ones of the series for me too. Stoked for this one though.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 14 March 2019 17:38 (two months ago) Permalink

I quite 'liked' its utter apathy. Granted, it requires a more conceptually-minded ear, which I'm generally not willing to lend (I prefer reading to hearing about concepts).

pomenitul, Thursday, 14 March 2019 17:41 (two months ago) Permalink

It's a fiver for the entire 50 track digital version (lossless even) from bandcamp. Which is too much of a bargain.

koogs, Thursday, 14 March 2019 18:51 (two months ago) Permalink

and there's a pay-what-you-want bonus download here:

https://thecaretaker.bandcamp.com/album/everywhere-an-empty-bliss

EVERYWHERE, AN EMPTY BLISS

*AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD ONLY UNTIL JUNE 16th, 2019.

Work on 'Everywhere, at the end of time' was all consuming
as you can imagine. All work and no play, all work and no play.

In celebration of its completion and only for a limited time*
here is a surprise golden farewell.

Compliments of the house.

koogs, Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:38 (two months ago) Permalink

Part IV was the one that didn't really work for me -- abrasive for the sake of being abrasive. V was less heavy, but more devastating. VI seems to continue down that path, I'm loving it so far.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 14 March 2019 22:17 (two months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

https://boomkat.com/products/everywhere-an-empty-bliss

djh, Friday, 5 April 2019 20:06 (one month ago) Permalink

hows this bloke made a living out of playing old 78s through a reverb pedal, proper dont get it

meaulnes, Saturday, 6 April 2019 01:45 (one month ago) Permalink

I am enjoying it but did think similar things the other day - is he creating these things from scratch or curating them? And if the latter, where from, because I'd be interested in hearing the originals.

(Archive.org has a bunch of 78s available to listen to. British library site might also have some)

koogs, Saturday, 6 April 2019 05:24 (one month ago) Permalink

Doesn't he break them all down into tiny bits and reassemble them, though? Like the Avalanches with a very specific pool of records.

And according to some websites, there were “sexcapades.” (James Morrison), Sunday, 7 April 2019 07:15 (one month ago) Permalink

Go and listen to some of the records he samples and you'll hear how he isn't "playing them through a reverb pedal" ffs

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Sunday, 7 April 2019 08:18 (one month ago) Permalink

That sounds plausible, yes. They are mostly devoid of vocals for one thing and I think they've been spooked up a bit. I like them, I bought the first Haunted Ballroom thing back in the day, but I can see why people wouldn't.

koogs, Sunday, 7 April 2019 08:20 (one month ago) Permalink

meaulnes comment reminds me of all the frustrated cliches loud tourists spout in the abstract expressionism sections in any given museum, among the paintings by Newman, Rothko, Pollock etc.

Evan, Sunday, 7 April 2019 11:51 (one month ago) Permalink


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