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The Caretaker
Everywhere At The End Of Time Stages 1-3

The Caretaker continues on his dark journey into dementia… Everywhere At The End Of Time is being released in installments on Bandcamp, but we also have a physical edition round-up of the first three volumes, presented over three CDs. Thirty-eight tracks of as-ever gorgeous melancholy music from this very special...view item »

The Caretaker
Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 4

In which Leyland Kirby progresses / regresses to Stage 4 (of 6!) of his 'Everywhere At The End Of Time' series as The Caretaker. Things are getting really serious now; not that Dementia is a stroll in the park. Traversing scratchy 78s and blurred music hall memories, the ongoing saga becomes more fragmented, refracted a...view item »

The Caretaker
Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 2

Part two of The Caretaker’s long six-part farewell, in which James Leyland Kirby has given his project dementia in order to explore the melancholy horror of the condition. Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 2 feels appropriately disorientating to listen to: the ancient samples sound beautiful, ...view item »

The Caretaker
Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 3

Three down, three to go: Leyland Kirby continues his mission as The Caretaker to explore the musical aesthetics of dementia on the third of his six-part Everywhere at the End of Time project. At this sta...view item »

Brabant Schrobbeler

Back when he didn't have a mane of bubbly curls and called himself James - Leyland Kirby was better known for his insane project V/Vm a kind of cross between experimental and sound collage/comedy act that couldn't be more different from his later solo and the Caretaker work. Here is a vinyl pres...view item »

Leyland Kirby
Memories Live Longer Than Dreams

Originally released in 2009, Memories Live Longer Than Dreams was the final part of Leyland Kirby's bleak masterpiece Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was is. Influenced by the likes of Vangelis, Lynch & Badalamenti, Brian Eno and Kirby’s previous work...view item »

Leyland Kirby
Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was

The last time I saw James Kirby he was wearing a pig mask destroying Chris De Burgh songs at a pub in Leeds years ago. Now he's got big hair and is being all sensitive everywhere. It's amazing how time flies and how people change as V/VM is no more but The Caretaker lives on. As does his new moniker Leyland Kirby and here's the 2nd part of the 'sad...view item »

The Caretaker
Everywhere At The End Of Time

The first of a 3 year long goodbye to Leyland Kirby’s The Caretaker project. An album released every 6 months that will map the decline brought on by dementia. This first stage will, most likely, be the most coherent of the 6, as it descends into hazy memoryless discourse. Old 78s play at odd speeds and ar...view item »

The Stranger
Watching Dead Empires In Decay

I've something to admit. I don't really dig a massive amount of the Leyland Kirby/Caretaker material as it appears there is now such vast swathes of it in existence that it quickly became much like a cookie-cutter parody of itself - a one trick pony that suddenly had JLK elevate...view item »

The Caretaker
An Empty Bliss Beyond This World

This one of James Leyland Kirby's many projects needs little introduction since the last album 'Persistent Repetition Of Phrases' cemented it in the hearts and minds of global music lovers. And so the theme of the project essentially remains the same, that is of memories which are embedded deep within ones...view item »

The Stranger

NOTE THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE NOW OUT OF PRINT CD! The other Jim Kirby release in this week is his second release under his obscure The Stranger alias. The first being a self titled CDr on Phthalo way back in 1998. I've been looking forward to this one since I clocked the previews on his website a bit ago. 'Bleaklow' is a dark opus of deep...view item »