The Caretaker (musician)

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The Caretaker
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Background information
Birth name James Kirby
Also known as Billy Ray Cyrix, Butcher Claus, Butcher Claws, CV[ev], Dr. Fred, Edgeley Musher, The, Leon And Hits, MC V/Vm, Notorious P.I.G., The, Pole (disputed), Stranger, The, V/Vm Allstar Marching Band, V/Vm And The Hog Chorus, V/Vm With Garry's Glitter
Born 1974
Origin Stockport, England
Genres Experimental music
Ambient
Ballroom
Hauntology
Plunderphonics
Instruments computer, sampler, turntable
Years active 1996 to present
Labels V/Vm Test Records
Associated acts V/Vm
Website Official site

The Caretaker is a long-running project by electronic musician James Leyland Kirby, who also records as V/Vm. His work under the Caretaker moniker has been characterised as exploring memory, nostalgia, and melancholia.[1] Initially the project was inspired by the haunted ballroom scene in the 1980 film The Shining, with his first several releases consisting of treated and manipulated samples of '30s ballroom pop recordings.[1]

His works have received critical acclaim in publications such as The Wire and BBC Music,[2] and the project was a favourite of BBC Radio DJ John Peel.[citation needed] Theoretically pure anterograde amnesia was released in 2005 as a series of 72 free MP3 downloads. The release found much critical acclaim. An Empty Bliss Beyond This World found further acclaim in 2011.

Discography[edit]

As The Caretaker[edit]

  • Selected Memories From The Haunted Ballroom (1999)
  • A Stairway To The Stars (2001)
  • We'll All Go Riding On A Rainbow (2003)
  • Theoretically Pure Anterograde Amnesia (2005)
  • Additional Amnesiac Memories (2006)
  • Deleted Scenes / Forgotten Dreams (2007)
  • Persistent repetition of phrases (2008) (Release info)
  • An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (2011) (Release info)
  • Patience (After Sebald) (2012) (Release info)
  • Everywhere at the end of time (Stage 1) (2016)
  • Everywhere at the end of time (Stage 2) (2017)
  • Everywhere at the end of time (Stage 3) (2017) (Release Info )
  • Take care. It's a desert out there... (2017)
  • Everywhere at the end of time (Stage 4) (2018)

As Leyland Kirby[edit]

  • Sadly, the Future is No Longer What it Was (2009)
  • Eager to Tear Apart the Stars (2011)
  • Breaks My Heart Each Time (2014)
  • We Drink to Forget the Coming Storm (2014)
  • We, So Tired Of All The Darkness In Our Lives (2017)

As The Stranger[edit]

  • Bleaklow (2008)
  • Watching Dead Empires in Decay (2013)

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  2. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/release/hbdp/ Archived December 24, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.