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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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  • RussellChap

    dusty emissions

    27 Aug 8:49pm Reply
  • nateyomat3y

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

    15 Aug 11:27pm 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 4:10am Reply
  • pavskies

    It's just so easy to listen to.

    25 Jun 3:36am Reply
  • Marquise-None

    Que c'est beau...

    19 Apr 7:11pm 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 11:56pm Reply
  • cliquott

    @Midgetto52 We'll All Go Riding On a Rainbow. :-)

    23 Mar 2:19pm Reply
  • kevinlater

    More like background music for people already dead. [2]

    2 Mar 4:49am Reply
  • Midgetto52

    If I loved "An empty bliss..." which album should I check out next?

    21 Feb 8:01pm Reply
  • trillwave

    did he ever credit the pieces he used in "an empty bliss..." or will that remain unknown?

    21 Feb 6:08am Reply
  • Nakaom

    genius. i have never heard anything like this.

    15 Feb 9:06pm Reply
  • ImSimpleEthan

    Is there any artists similar to this? If so could you point me that way?

    14 Feb 3:18am Reply
  • Penguin619

    I didn't know he had a bandcamp, thanks!

    11 Feb 6:05am Reply
  • RussellChap

    Or you could buy it from bandcamp.

    28 Jan 11:01pm Reply
  • Penguin619

    If anybody can help me out, I had to get a new computer and for some reason when transferring over my music I lost a lot of stuff including all of my Caretaker stuff. So, if anybody can upload his discography to something like mediafire and message it to me, I'll be forever grateful.

    12 Jan 7:49am Reply
  • toztizokzndz

    salt marie celeste by nurse with wound is best ghost ship music

    10 Jan 1:52pm Reply
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  • cliquott

    More like background music for people already dead.

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • rocktocchet

    this sounds like background music for old people dying in armchairs

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Nyphounet

    c vraimen tre bo.

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
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