The Caretaker

We warned you that James Leyland Kirby was a busy man and now, just moments after his first in a series of EPs under his given name is out of the gate, he returns after two years of silence to his Caretaker role. The album plays with the perception of memory, more specifically with the ability of Alzheimer's patients' to recall memories of songs from their past. An empty bliss beyond this World is in fact source from a collection of 78's that Kirby has amassed over the years and he's brought these floating snippets into soft focus, shuffled against the gears of time and age. There's a profound sadness in the comparison of degradation of sound source and the degradation of the mind's abilities to recall them. The album, aided by the deft mastering work at Dubplates and Mastering weaves a potent mix of sound selection and social commentary that one would only expect from the hand of Kirby. The vinyl run on this is limited, but highly worth tracking down and its one of the most crushingly beautiful releases of the year.

[MP3] The Caretaker - Tiny Gradiations of Loss

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posted by dissensous at 8:23:00 AM


Anonymous bj√∂rn van halen said...

Ain't no grand theft auto.. I love the title typo!
the music is total dreck.. phoney soul/Fleetwood Mac? maybe?

8:17 PM  
Blogger dissensous said...

Wait, what? Not sure about any of that but its very hard to break this record into any single piece. Its a whole statement in which the songs degrade and snap into focus mirroring the perceptions of Alzheimer's victims. Its actually rather beautiful in its entirety. And yes that typo is in the song title. Technically it would be Gradations.

3:21 PM  

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