Friday, June 17, 2011

The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World

(History Always Favours the Winners, 2011)

Leyland James Kirby is of course a genius. We already know this. And prolific. Yes, we know this too. This though, An Empty Bliss Beyond This World, could be for Mr. Kirby, The Caretaker, what The Disintegration Loops is to William Basinski, what The Sinking of the Titanic is to Gavin Bryars. It fits in thematically and aesthetically with those records as well: the beauty in disintegration and age, the regal quiet and soft magnitude of eras passed. On An Empty Bliss Beyond This World, Kirby is as much a curator as he is an artist, compiling the ghostly, romantic, beautiful sounds of old 78s and subtly smearing them, truncating them, but mostly just allowing them a new life with surface noise bubbling up from their crumbling format. A grandiose document of irresistible allure and surprising weight.

The Caretaker - "All You're Going To Want To Do Is Get Back There" by ForestGospel

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