Boomkat Product Review:
Ivan Seal’s paintings have accompanied almost all of James Leyland Kirby’s output as The Caretaker over the last two decades. This comprehensive book, made to coincide with a long-in-the-making exhibition in Clermont Ferrand, France, provides a beautiful, in-depth look at their work together through 160 pages of artwork, essays and commentary from both Ivan Seal and The Caretaker, a luxurious and weighty hardcover tome marking the end of an era.
Featuring art made for The Caretaker, as well as many previously unseen paintings, the book provides closure to a project that came to an end last month with the sixth and final part of the 'Everywhere At The End Of Time' series. As most of The Caretaker’s music over the years has been released without text or even track titles included in the artwork, this is the first time there has been any written commentary provided by either artist for their work together.
Alongside an included 17 track CD of previously unreleased material from The Caretaker, 'Everywhere, An Empty Bliss’ is a beautiful final document from one of the most ambitious and longstanding projects in contemporary music, one that we’re sure will only grow in stature as time goes by.