The Caretaker

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James Leyland Kirby
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James Leyland Kirby is a European ambient / electronic experimental musician. He grew up in England, and DJed Raves in Germany in the 1990s. Eventually, he began to make music in the 1990's under the alias V/VM, exploring themes of mental illness through his various albums. 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. Throughout the late 1990s and onwards, he has released a plethora of singles, albums, collections, and compilations under many aliases.

Kirby moved to Krakow, Poland in 2012 to better focus on his music, where he continues to live today. He is best known for the Caretaker project, which explores dementia and the cognitive decline that it causes in it's patients over time. He is best known for his mammoth 6.5 hour multi album compilation "Everywhere at the End of Time", which he began in 2016 and finished in 2019. Although he said that he intended to end the Caretaker name with the finale of EATEOT, he maintains that he will continue to put out music.
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Albums

OFFAL02 The Caretaker - Selected Memories From The Haunted Ballroom illustration d'album The Caretaker Selected Memories From The Haunted Ballroom (Album) V/Vm Test Records OFFAL02 UK 1999 Vendre cette version
OFFALP07 The Caretaker - A Stairway To The Stars illustration d'album The Caretaker A Stairway To The Stars (Album) V/Vm Test Records OFFALP07 UK 2002 Vendre cette version
VVMTCD15, vvmtcd15 The Caretaker - We'll All Go Riding On A Rainbow illustration d'album The Caretaker We'll All Go Riding On A Rainbow (Album) V/Vm Test Records, V/Vm Test Records VVMTCD15, vvmtcd15 UK 2003 Vendre cette version
VVMTCD25 The Caretaker - Theoretically Pure Anterograde Amnesia illustration d'album The Caretaker Theoretically Pure Anterograde Amnesia (Album) V/Vm Test Records VVMTCD25 UK 2005 Vendre cette version
VVMTCD25x The Caretaker - Additional Amnesiac Memories illustration d'album The Caretaker Additional Amnesiac Memories(13xFile, MP3) V/Vm Test Records VVMTCD25x UK 2006
WeMe 009 The Caretaker - Deleted Scenes / Forgotten Dreams illustration d'album The Caretaker Deleted Scenes / Forgotten Dreams WéMè Records WeMe 009 Belgium 2007 Vendre cette version
INST002 The Caretaker - Persistent Repetition Of Phrases illustration d'album The Caretaker Persistent Repetition Of Phrases (Album) Install INST002 US 2008 Vendre cette version
HAFTW008-LP The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World illustration d'album The Caretaker An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (Album) History Always Favours The Winners HAFTW008-LP Europe 2011 Vendre cette version
none The Caretaker - Extra Patience (After Sebald) illustration d'album The Caretaker Extra Patience (After Sebald) (MiniAlbum) History Always Favours The Winners none Europe 2012
HAFTW013-LP The Caretaker - Patience (After Sebald) illustration d'album The Caretaker Patience (After Sebald) (Album) History Always Favours The Winners HAFTW013-LP Europe 2012 Vendre cette version
HAFTW025 The Caretaker - Everywhere At The End Of Time illustration d'album The Caretaker Everywhere At The End Of Time (Album) History Always Favours The Winners HAFTW025 UK 2016 Vendre cette version
HAFTW027 The Caretaker - Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 3 illustration d'album The Caretaker Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 3 (Album) History Always Favours The Winners HAFTW027 UK 2017 Vendre cette version
none The Caretaker - Take Care. It's A Desert Out There... illustration d'album The Caretaker Take Care. It's A Desert Out There... (Album) History Always Favours The Winners none UK 2017 Vendre cette version
HAFTW026-LP The Caretaker - Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 2 illustration d'album The Caretaker Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 2 (Album) History Always Favours The Winners HAFTW026-LP UK 2017 Vendre cette version
HAFTW028 The Caretaker - Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 4 illustration d'album The Caretaker Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 4 (Album) History Always Favours The Winners HAFTW028 UK 2018 Vendre cette version
HAFTW029 The Caretaker - Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 5 illustration d'album The Caretaker Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 5 (Album) History Always Favours The Winners HAFTW029 UK 2018 Vendre cette version
HAFTW030 The Caretaker - Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 6 illustration d'album The Caretaker Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 6 (Album) History Always Favours The Winners HAFTW030 UK 2019 Vendre cette version
HAFTW022-DL The Caretaker - Everywhere, An Empty Bliss illustration d'album The Caretaker Everywhere, An Empty Bliss History Always Favours The Winners HAFTW022-DL UK 2019 Vendre cette version

Compilations

VUKZID09 The Caretaker - Recollected Memories From The Museum Of Garden History illustration d'album The Caretaker Recollected Memories From The Museum Of Garden History(File, MP3, Comp, Mixed, 320) Vukzid VUKZID09 UK 2008
DLS-1-MP3 Leyland Kirby / The Caretaker Leyland Kirby / The Caretaker - Bonus Tracks 1 (Comp) History Always Favours The Winners DLS-1-MP3 UK 2011
HAFTWCD0103 The Caretaker - Everywhere At The End Of Time Stages 1-3 illustration d'album The Caretaker Everywhere At The End Of Time Stages 1-3(CD, Album + CD, Album + CD, Album + Comp, Dlx) History Always Favours The Winners HAFTWCD0103 UK 2017 Vendre cette version
none The Caretaker - Everywhere At The End Of Time illustration d'album The Caretaker Everywhere At The End Of Time (Album) History Always Favours The Winners none UK 2019
HAFTWCD0406 The Caretaker - Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stages 4-6 illustration d'album The Caretaker Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stages 4-6(4xCD, Comp, Dlx) History Always Favours The Winners HAFTWCD0406 UK 2019 Vendre cette version

DJ Mixes

FACT 45 The Caretaker - FACT Mix 45 (Delving Into My Past For FACT) illustration d'album The Caretaker FACT Mix 45 (Delving Into My Past For FACT)(File, MP3, Mixed, 320) FACT Magazine FACT 45 UK 2009
none The Caretaker - Recollections From Old London Town illustration d'album The Caretaker Recollections From Old London Town(File, MP3, Mixed, 192) Wire Magazine none UK 2009

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Diabolick

Diabolick

21 janvier 2021
one of the many musical projects that i have discovered during lockdown last year. regardless of the subject matter that surrounds the project (which is a very depressing subject whichever way you look it and myself having firsthand experience of a family member suffering from dementia), I find Kirby's interpretations of the old jazz tracks from the first 3 stages a comforting listen at night. it gets overall abrasive from 4-6, but it all stands as a fascinating work of art. many will simply dismiss it as been simplistic due to the reverbing/looping of the old records but been a fan of Al Bowlly of that era I found he has breathed new life and discovery into the records that have not been played in years due to them been either forgotten or presumed out of date. Be advised in wanting to own any of this project, the records now all seem to be fetch a hefty price for their collectibility so tread carefully with which you plan to own.
BinaryAstro

BinaryAstro

26 décembre 2020
I absolutely cannot wait for represses to come again. The caretaker has been steadily at it since the 90s, and I'm so glad to see him finally getting more support; he really deserves it!
willsi

willsi

21 décembre 2018
"I'm sorry to defer w/ you, sir... but, you are the caretaker... You've always been the caretaker."

Leyland Kirby's now mammoth project that stretches out toward the infinite darkness of time in entropy and decay is shocking, terrifying and beautiful. It will be sad to see The Caretaker project ended. But, all good things... The few times I've corresponded w/ Kirby he has been humble and genuine.

Cheers, from the Haunted Ballroom, Overlook Hotel, 1921.

Recommendations: "A Stairway to the Stars," "Recollected Memories from the Museum of Garden History," "An Empty Bliss Beyond this World," and the whole lot.
Fenria

Fenria

25 octobre 2016
The Caretaker is pure hiraeth. How distant is that world in which we strolled so gracefully, without a care.
djthumpa

djthumpa

14 septembre 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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