January 16th, 2012 | stuff2012
|James Leyland Kirby, in his guise of The Caretaker, created a soundtrack to Grant Gee’s documentary about the magnificent writer WG Sebald. Currently on vinyl only – I’m a direct subscriber to Kirby’s work, and so received the download early. It’ll be out on CD and download next month.
It’s of a piece with other Caretaker work, and Kirby’s other output outside the “Intrigue & Stuff” collections: deeply haunted early 20th Century recordings summoned through dusty electronic seance. I’ve seen a few people comment that it’s Kirby-as-usual and the trick’s getting thin. I think it’s a perfect response to Sebald’s work.
It did, in fact, send me running for my shattered old first-printing paperback copy of Sebald’s sublime THE RINGS OF SATURN. Which promptly crumbled and disintegrated in my hands, a shower of papery dust and brittle yellowed sheets. No more apt way to strew the way for the recording, I suppose.
PATIENCE (AFTER SEBALD) is, at a long stroll’s pace, meditative and deeply involved with memory. Exactly like Sebald’s own work. I haven’t yet seem the film, but it’s hard to imagine a more fitting accompaniment to the man’s themes. It is also, like Sebald’s prose, very stately and beautiful.
(I can’t believe there’s not an ebook edition of RINGS OF SATURN.)