The Caretaker ‎– An Empty Bliss Beyond This World

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All You Are Going To Want To Do Is Get Back There 3:46
Moments Of Sufficient Lucidity 3:48
The Great Hidden Sea Of The Unconscious 3:02
Libet's Delay 3:27
I Feel As If Might Be Vanishing 1:56
An Empty Bliss Beyond This World 4:20
Bedded Deep In Long Term Memory 1:49
A Relationship With The Sublime 3:36
Mental Caverns Without Sunshine 3:13
Pared Back To The Minimal 1:46
Mental Caverns Without Sunshine 1:35
An Empty Bliss Beyond This World 3:48
Tiny Gradiations Of Loss 2:53
Camaraderie At Arms Length 4:46
The Sublime Is Disappointingly Elusive 1:44

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antisecurity

antisecurity

December 18, 2015
referencing An Empty Bliss Beyond This World, LP, Album, Ltd, Blu, HAFTW008-LP
I've messaged Leyland regarding the possibility of a CD repress. While it's not top priority for him, Leyland might eventually do it if there's enough demand for it. I kindly urge the 146 discogs users who presently have the CD version of this release in their respective wishlists to express their interest. http://www.brainwashed.com/vvm/index.html
vinylgland

vinylgland

September 29, 2015
referencing An Empty Bliss Beyond This World, LP, Album, Ltd, Blu, HAFTW008-LP
too good to be this fucking expensive. these prices are heartbreaking. please repress, Leyland.
FathersShout

FathersShout

September 28, 2015
referencing An Empty Bliss Beyond This World, LP, Album, Ltd, Blu, HAFTW008-LP
So I messaged Leyland and he told me this will get another repress eventually. But not until sometime in 2016 at the earliest.
dalakouras

dalakouras

September 9, 2015
referencing An Empty Bliss Beyond This World, LP, Album, Ltd, Blu, HAFTW008-LP

Despite the description, this is not 'dark' ambient, oh not at all. No darkness here. This is super-sugar-warm and nostalgic pop ambient, as if William Basinski was revisiting First Human Ferro's 'Guernica Macrocosmica'. A superb human-all-too-human album that i always like to enjoy when playing with my newborn son.
thebezet

thebezet

June 8, 2015
referencing An Empty Bliss Beyond This World, LP, Album, Ltd, RP, Dar, HAFTW008-LP
$400-$500?? I really like this record but... wow... Let's hope this gets a repress
XelaWeeks

XelaWeeks

January 14, 2015
referencing An Empty Bliss Beyond This World, LP, Album, Ltd, Blu, HAFTW008-LP
Is anyone interested in sellin this that isnt asking for an absurd amount?
Headphone_Commute

Headphone_Commute

October 4, 2012
referencing An Empty Bliss Beyond This World, LP, Album, Ltd, Blu, HAFTW008-LP
James Leyland Kirby has established quite a rapport with his experimental and sound collage project, V/Vm. Released mostly on his own V/Vm Test Records, Kirby’s numerous records range from pig noise to pure destruction of contemporary pop-songs. But his output as The Caretaker is of completely different character. Collecting “stolen memories and feelings from within the Haunted Ballroom”, the music on his releases scratches at the surface of dusted records and abandoned artifacts.

His critically acclaimed Persistent Repetition of Phrases (2008), on a newly spun out History Always Favours The Winners, explored ghostly echoes of melodies almost familiar, if only your consciousness can hold on to them long enough. On An Empty Bliss Beyond This World, Kirby takes his unique approach even further, by guiding discarded material into endless loops, subtle effects, and suppressed memories. Using sampled layers from his secret collection of old 78″ records, including the vinyl surface noise, The Caretaker reconstructs nostalgia, flashbacks, and déjà vu. Inspired by the 2010 study on Alzheimer’s disease, that has shown patients remembering new information with the aid of music, the fifteen small “memories” fade in and out of focus, sometimes ending abruptly, sometimes appearing twice on the album!

What’s more amazing to me, is that after a few plays, these tunes become familiar and are at once stored in the banks of my memory. I love leaving this album playing in the background in my office! The covert art of the album features a specially commissioned painting by Ivan Seal. See if you can also hunt down a 72 track massive release, Theoretically Pure Anterograde Amnesia, digitally re-released by History Always Favours The Winners in 2009. Highly recommended!