The Caretaker

The Caretaker

Real Name:
Jim Kirby
The Caretaker started as an atmospheric side project to V/Vm, using 78 rpm and ballroom recordings in tribute to the Haunted Ballroom scene from The Shining.
It has since become one of Leyland Kirby's longest-running acts, using very old recordings as a means to convey themes of mental disorder and its impact on the way the mind works.

The Caretaker Discography


OFFAL02 The Caretaker Selected Memories From The Haunted Ballroom (Album) V/Vm Test Records OFFAL02 UK 1999 Sell This Version
OFFALP07 The Caretaker A Stairway To The Stars (Album) V/Vm Test Records OFFALP07 UK 2002 Sell This Version
VVMTCD15 The Caretaker We'll All Go Riding On A Rainbow (Album) V/Vm Test Records VVMTCD15 UK 2003 Sell This Version
VVMTCD25 The Caretaker Theoretically Pure Anterograde Amnesia (Album) V/Vm Test Records VVMTCD25 UK 2005 Sell This Version
VVMTCD25x The Caretaker Additional Amnesiac Memories(File, MP3) V/Vm Test Records VVMTCD25x UK 2006
WeMe 009 The Caretaker Deleted Scenes / Forgotten Dreams WéMè Records WeMe 009 Belgium 2007 Sell This Version
INST002 The Caretaker Persistent Repetition Of Phrases (Album) Install INST002 US 2008 Sell This Version
none The Caretaker Recollections From Old London Town(File, MP3, 192) Wire Magazine none UK 2009
HAFTW008-LP The Caretaker An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (Album) History Always Favours The Winners HAFTW008-LP Europe 2011 Sell This Version
none The Caretaker Extra Patience (After Sebald) (MiniAlbum) History Always Favours The Winners none Europe 2012
HAFTW013-LP The Caretaker Patience (After Sebald) (Album) History Always Favours The Winners HAFTW013-LP Europe 2012 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

FACT 45 The Caretaker Delving Into My Past For FACT(File, MP3, Mixed, 320) FACT Magazine FACT 45 UK 2009


VUKZID09 The Caretaker Recollected Memories From The Museum Of Garden History(File, MP3, Mixed, 320) Vukzid VUKZID09 UK 2008
DLS-1-MP3 Leyland Kirby / The Caretaker Leyland Kirby / The Caretaker - Bonus Tracks 1 History Always Favours The Winners DLS-1-MP3 UK 2011


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September 14, 2008
Jesus Christ, where do I start?

Over the last few years I've become completely and dangerously submerged in The Caretaker's music. If you're the kind of person who loves music that makes you feel uncomfortable then you will love this guy. Its beyond music, its a soundscape of dark and light that can fill your heart with dread and happiness at the same time.

Inspired by the ballroom scenes from 'The Shining', his source was originally faint ballroom music with crackly effects, creepy yet elegant, always tinged with sorrow. However now The Caretaker has progressed to creating a beautiful yet disturbing soundtrack, including a 72 track album of some of the scariest music I have ever heard.

I cannot gush enough praise for this producer. I discovered him purely by accident whilst looking for hardcore artists signed to the same label, and I fell in love with his music instantly.

There is so much more you could talk about with this stuff, the introduction of warmer, almost tearful sounds with his album 'Deleted Scenes/Forgotten Dreams', the 72 track album introducing the aspect of memory loss and an imaginary past or his newer music. Stop reading this and check him out for yourself. One word - amazing.

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