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An empty bliss beyond this world

The Caretaker - An empty bliss beyond this world
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Based on 8 reviews
2011 Ratings: #52 / 1013
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Based on 451 ratings
2011 Ratings: #14
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What makes this album even more mesmerizing is knowing that The Caretaker will be getting dementia and having its demise within the next decade. Honestly its a pretty chilling concept.


This is one of those albums that has been sitting in my list of music to listen to for a very, very long time. Within the past couple days, I finally got around to checking it out, and I haven't been as surprised with any album as I am with this in a long time.
In a surreal and paranormal exploration of how music can really affect someone, James Kirby put together so many sounds and genres that I can't even fathom how he got the idea to put this together. It's like a schizophrenic version of ... read more


#196 of Fantano's Top 200 of the Decade


The aptest way to describe this album would be: A Prelude to Everywhere At The End of Time, which I consider to be the best ambient album ever made. This album achieves what that album does in a shorter and, as a result of that, slightly less gratifying, but still superb, way. Absolute beauty, tucked behind a ruinous and apocalyptic surface. It is primarily made up of classical recordings and loops, mostly jazz or piano-based, that are warped to ... read more


Sure, if you listened to this before Everywhere at the End of Time was released I can see why you’d consider this a profound and thought provoking listen.

But after hearing The Caretaker’s full potential of this sound, an empty bliss just doesn’t compare. The sequencing and progression isn’t as well crafted and the concept is understood quite quickly instead of continuing to bring up new themes and ideas.

An empty bliss still works well as a dark ambient album, but it ... read more


this shit is so fucking calming its fucking great


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Track List

  1. All You're Going to Want to Do is Get Back There 
  2. Moments of Sufficient Lucidity 
  3. The Great Hidden Sea of the Unconscious 
  4. Libet's Delay 
  5. I Feel as if I Might Be Vanishing 
  6. An Empty Bliss Beyond This World 
  7. Bedded Deep in Long Term Memory 
  8. A Relationship With the Sublime 
  9. Mental Caverns Without Sunshine 
  10. Pared Back to the Minimal 
  11. Mental Caverns Without Sunshine 
  12. An Empty Bliss Beyond This World 
  13. Tony Gradiatrions of Loss 
  14. Camaraderie at Arms Length 
  15. The Sublime is Disappointingly Elusive
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Added on: June 24, 2011