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- Patience (After Sebald) by The Caretaker
9/10 Ant Staff review, 09 February 2012
Finally the eagerly anticipated soundtrack work from Mister James Leyland Kirby's Caretaker pseudonym had landed. Apparently this was recorded prior to his last album 'An Empty Bliss Beyond This World. This is the score to film-maker Grant Gee's documentary about German writer WG Sebald. Having not seen the film I can only imagine it complements the visuals really well as it evokes all kinds of wonderful images. Source materials for the audio come from snippets and parts of Franz Schubert works from 1927. These sounds, when in the hands of the Caretaker evoke distant lost memories and dream states. The additional production, and walls of hiss and fuzz create a sad sounding, rich sonic landscape of deep listening that ticks all the right boxes. The electronics often sound like synthesized rain and then there is the occasional pitched down vocal as on 'When The Dog Days Were Drawing To An End' add a welcome strange dynamic to proceedings. I must admit I'm unfamiliar with the source material so am unsure how much it has been chopped up and rearranged but it is the special Caretaker magic machine which re-contextualizes these recordings to make something altogether new, with an additional dose of melancholy. Each track subtly works its way into the subconscious with nods to both the past and the future. Comes housed in Ivan seals lush and mysterious artwork. Another bold statement from History Always Favours The Winners on limited edition vinyl and CD. Highly recommended.
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