LONG PLAYER OF THE DAY: The Caretaker, ‘An Empty Bliss Beyond This World’

The Artist/Album: The Caretaker, An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (History Always Favours the Winners, 2011)

The Reason(s) We Can’t Stop Listening: As heartbreakingly beautiful as Leyland Kirby’s break-of-dawn ballroom music is, the static cling of his 78 samples is profoundly unsettling. The closest comparison would probably be the moment in a horror movie where a record player suddenly starts playing a weathered waltz, or a particularly jarring scene in a show like Boardwalk Empire–the part where a gangster gets whacked and the album he was otherwise enjoying hits a locked groove and spits out lonesome ragtime loops.

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