THE CARETAKER (The Wire 304)

“I have always been fascinated by memory and its recall, especially where sound is concerned,” says The Caretaker aka James Kirby in his interview with Mark. The former V/Vm member proved a kindred spirit in this 2009 interview, which takes in the UK miners’ strike and Christopher Nolan’s film Memento. A recurrent theme in the feature and across Mark’s later writings is the trajectory of dance music after its explosion in the eras of house and rave. “Tracks sound like they are being heard from outside a club,” he notes of one of Kirby’s projects. “A horribly accurate sonic metaphor, perhaps, for our current state of exile from the future-shocking rate of innovation that dance music achieved in the 1980s and 90s.”





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