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The Caretaker – Everywhere At The End Of Time: Stage 4 [Full Album]

Leyland Kirby has taken his alter ego, The Caretaker, into a recorded, steady decline with the ongoing project ‘Everywhere At The End Of Time’; where the aforementioned Caretaker deteriorates from Alzheimers, with each “stage” represented on album. So far we have had three stages, with the first 2 pretty much in the usual Caretaker territory; Ballroom 78’s layered and looped and waltzing in reverb. Stage 3 started showing signs of forgetfulness, holes in the memory, and moments of bewilderment. It was brilliant;y represented by the music; with the listener never really forgetting the intention behind Kirby’s use of plunderphonics, rendering Stage 3 truly heartbreaking, and leaving many listeners wondering if they would be able to withstand the following three stages. On April the 5th, 2018, Kirby released stage 4, and uploaded the whole double album onto YouTube on the same day as digital, and physical releases. The majority of the album deals with the confusion present in dementia cases, and makes for a less comfortable listen than anything previously released in the series. Jump cuts, roughly layered samples, and sudden dropouts are the order of the day, with the only relief being the calmer, but ultimately depressing ‘Stage 4 Temporary Bliss State’, before being thrown back into the horrors of entangled memories, albeit more more subtlety the third time around.. If you’re new to this series, or The Caretaker in general, our advice would be to start with the first in the series, and work your way up (or down, in this case). All of the albums have been fully uploaded onto youTube, possibly by Kirby himself. Just prepare yourself to be affected by the music, one way or another.


00:00:00- G1 – Stage 4 Post Awareness Confusions

00:22:09- H1 – Stage 4 Post Awareness Confusions

00:42:02- I1 – Stage 4 Temporary Bliss State

01:05:03- J1 – Stage 4 Post Awareness Confusions


Stock, Hausen & Walkmen – Nipples

A sampledelic ode to nipples from the UK acts album ‘Organ Transplants Vol. 2’, which was released in 2000.

Tipsy – Hey!

Lively lounge plunderphonics from the bands 2nd album, 2000’s ‘Uh-Oh!’

Stock, Hausen & Walkman – Sponge[A]

Lounge sampledelia from the UK duo’s 1996 album ‘Organ Transplants Vol 1’. This one lulls you into a false sense of security before…….

Tipsy – Liquordelic

Get your cocktails out (matron) and do the rhumba, because Tipsy are here with some dayglo, loungecore plunderphonics from their 1996 album ‘Trip Tease’.

Tipsy – Space Golf

Well, after posting Stock, Hausen & Walkman yesterday, it only seems fitting to post material from a US band who released an album of Sampledelic loungecore the very same year the aforementioned brits released ‘Organ Transplants: Vol 1’. Tipsy gave the world the fantastic ‘Trip Tease’ in 1996, where formica psychedelics meets morphing draylon sofas.

Stock, Hausen & Walkmen – Schweitzer

Plundered lounger buffoonery from the bands classic 1996 album ‘Organ Transplants: Volume 1’.

Manorexia – Planet of the Aches

Wayward electronics and plunderphonics from master of disaster Jim “Foetus” Thirlwell’s Manorexia project. This is the finely titled opener of his 2002 album ‘The Radiolarian Ooze’. Is that James Bond I spy?

The Caretaker – Bewildered In Others Eyes

James Leyland Kirby has thus far released three “stages” of a six stage release titled ‘Everywhere At The End Of Time (stages 1-6)’. The idea behind this stems from what Kirby initiated on his 2011 album ‘An Empty Bliss Beyond This World’, which was based on studies of Alzheimer’s patients and music. Now, it’s as if that project itself has dementia (to paraphrase Kirby), and the condition worsens on each “stage”. This track is from 2017’s ‘Stage 3’, and is where the project starts becoming truly affecting. The track selected here invokes a feeling of anxiety and fear; whilst much of what follows is deeply sad and heartbreaking. Stages 4- 6 could just be too much, but it’s something we will have to hear before we know how much we can take.

* We’re guessing the video is fan made; whoever did it, kudos to them as it really does match the feel of what Kirby is doing brilliantly.

Jan Jelinik – Tendency

This track is Microhouse from the original wave of said sub-genre; off of Jelinik’s sublime 2001 album ‘Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records’, where the title speaks for itself and Jelinik constructed the entire thing from samples off of Jazz records. The album has a lot of tracks that are the kind of clean, minimal Electronica that was au fait at the time (think Kreidler, To Rococo Rot, et al). However, this tune, as previously stated, is super minimal microhouse. The devil is really in the details in this incredible piece of music.


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