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The Caretaker


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Stockport, United Kingdom (1996 – present)

The Caretaker project began in late 1996 in Stockport, England by Leyland Kirby, undoubtedly inspired from the ballroom scene in Stanley Kubrick’s “Shining”. The first release played and extended this theme of altering 1920s and 1930s ballroom music creating an eerie and haunted soundworld. Subsequently the sound has become darker and often more abstract over time, moving away from the initial idea of a haunted ballroom into territories involving the mind and its abilities to recall memories.

Currently The Caretaker is inspired by the topic of “Amnesia” and the brain’s abilities to recall situations from the distant and immediate past. This work is best recalled in the monumental “Theoretically pure anterograde amnesia” release, a release which accurately echoes and recreates aurally the disease itself which is no mean achievement.

The Caretaker is building an ever expanding following for his audio memories. Fans of the darker isolationist ambient work of modern composers such as William Basinski, Nurse With Wound, Aphex Twin, Fennesz and Brian Eno would find elements to admire and enjoy and also parallels to The Caretaker’s output. It can be a harsh world at times but ultimately exposure is always rewarding. Immerse yourself in the darkness and give into the spirits and tales recalled and retold in his unique way.


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  • lunatyk852

    ohh Lord

    16 Jul 4:09am Reply
  • John__Lemon

    we need new music

    12 Jul 12:16am Reply
  • cherimoy-a

    !!!!!!! beautiful ahh

    25 Jun 1:46pm Reply
  • mk741

    It's been mentioned before, but imagine if Kirby got to score Fallout 4.

    26 Apr 2:18am Reply
  • HurricaneJe

    прелесть <33333333333333333333

    20 Mar 2:53pm Reply
  • GriendClub

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  • TheHandshaker

    woah en empty bliss is really good, first couple of listens I thought this was some kind of samplers of some sort of antique vinyl playing, and to a certain extent it is, but what really took me aback the was the fact that he made actual digital arrangements by himself, something that sparked my interest under the influence. Its surreal how simplistic it sounds from the surface, but once you wade into it, you submerge yourself into a full room of sonically detailed embellishments that really puts you in such an inspiring awe.

    14 Feb 10:31pm Reply
  • flsflipit

    All the songs he used are in public domain I think, so he can use that music, add ambiant noise and call it his own music

    15 Jan 4:25am Reply
  • Nosimi

    More like background music for people already dead. [3]

    5 Nov 2014 Reply
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  • unlogicthing

    I used Caretaker Stardust in my mixtape. maybe you'll like

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
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  • RussellChap

    dusty emissions

    27 Aug 2014 Reply
  • nateyomat3y

    patience on vinyl ahh <3 now if only i had a record player to play it with...

    15 Aug 2014 Reply
  • myonnnnn

    i would like to thank mr kirby for putting me to sleep even when the people upstairs act like zoo animals

    25 Jun 2014 Reply
  • pavskies

    It's just so easy to listen to.

    25 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Marquise-None

    Que c'est beau...

    19 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Dok-Kizmit

    "...undoubtedly inspired from the ballroom scene in Stanley Kubrick’s 'Shining'..." One of the first times listening to "An empty bliss beyond this World", I described the atmosphere as being so reminiscent of Kubrick's "Shining". Cool that's one of the first things I read on the description here. Haha Love that album's atmosphere, too, by the way. Grabbed it from bandcamp. Those ambling, meandering thoughts... like a bird struggling to fly after injuring its wing. Good art should take the viewer/participant/listener to another state of consciousness, of thought and these works certainly do that and beyond. So happy to finally "own" one of these albums, if even only digitally right now.

    2 Apr 2014 Reply
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