Big thanks to Altered Zones for putting this album up. We’re big fans of The Caretaker and, for that matter, pretty much anything that the man behind the moniker, James Leyland Kirby, puts out. An Empty Bliss Beyond This World carries on his mysterious trajectory through the underbelly of sonic evocations, creating a sepia-toned nether world of haunted memories and forgotten dreams. Think the end of The Shining where Jack Torrance returns to the photo-phantom-phantasy of the 1920s hotel where he’s always been… dun-dun-dah… the caretaker. Coincidence? Who knows…
If you like what you hear and you’d like to venture into alternative media, keep your eyes peeled for the (hopefully) soon to be released film ‘Patience (After Sebald)’, by Grant Gee, director of the excellent Joy Division documentary, that Kirby has soundtracked. We’d highly recommend the masterpiece of reflexive docu-fiction that inspired it, too – ‘The Rings of Saturn’, by the incomparable W G Sebald.
Here’s a short video about the film posted a while ago by the Guardian. You can read more about it here.
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