I want to be a Caretaker, too
February 2, 2012 5:04 PM   Subscribe

Can you point me to music that is like The Caretaker's An Empty Bliss Beyond This World?

I'm looking for more of the dreary, creepy kind of post-Great-War, 1920s British jazz music that is in this album. Especially unprocessed classics from this era, which I could run through a few reverb and echo filters, that sort of thing.
posted by Blazecock Pileon to Media & Arts (4 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Though from the other side of the Channel, check out some Django.
posted by timsteil at 6:18 PM on February 2, 2012

Best answer: I've got his album Selected Memories From The Haunted Ballroom, where he used samples of Al Bowlly that were taken from The Shining. Why not start there and chase some of the people mentioned in that (surprisingly detailed) Wikipedia page.
posted by mannequito at 12:55 AM on February 3, 2012

I love that album too. I will make for you a messy list of links:

Erik Satie is exactly who you are looking for.

and these are contemporary acts that are close:
Nils Okland -- Bris is a fantastic album, I have been less impressed by other things of his that I have heard. (the rest of Rune Grammofon's catalogue is worth exploring, especially Deathprod, who fits the dreary and creepy criteria of your question but not so much the period.)
Max Richter -- especially The Blue Notebooks

and what about The Caretaker's Persistent Repetition of Phrases? I haven't sat down with it to give it a good listen, but it's intrigued me and I mean to one day.
posted by spindle at 11:42 AM on February 3, 2012

and now I am at home and sitting in front of my own computer and I can look through my music library and here are two more: Rachel's and Boduf Songs.
posted by spindle at 3:37 PM on February 4, 2012

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