Leyland James Kirby closes the door on The Caretaker with stage six of Everywhere At The End Of Time
Leyland James Kirby has announced his final release as The Caretaker. Running for 20 years, his first music under that moniker was 1999’s Selected Memories From The Haunted Ballroom. That was followed by a host of albums on both his V/Vm label which he co-founded back in 1996 with Andy McGregor, and its successor History Always Favours The Winners.
The final release also rounds up the last stage of Everywhere At The End Of Time, a collection focused around dementia featuring commissioned artwork from longterm collaborator Ivan Seal.
“When work began on this series it was difficult to predict how the music would unravel itself,” explains Kirby. “Dementia is an emotive subject for many and always a subject I have treated with maximum respect. Stages have all been artistic reflections of specific symptoms which can be common with the progression and advancement of the different forms of Alzheimer's.”
He closes the project with the statement: “Thanks always for your support through the years. May the ballroom remain eternal. C'est fini.”
Coinciding with the release, a bonus download edition from the archives, Everywhere At The End Of Time, will be made available for free until 16 June. It will be presented at the Ivan Seal & The Caretaker exhibition Everywhere, An Empty Bliss at FRAC Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France, from 7 April–16 June.
“In celebration of its completion and only for a limited time here is a surprise golden farewell. Compliments of the house. Offering you one last chance to raise a charged glass for those we lost along the way, for all the works, for those ghosts from our past, for our uncertain future and for The Caretaker.”