Top Bar
Musique Machine Logo Home ButtonReviews ButtonArticles ButtonBand Specials ButtonAbout Us Button
SearchGo Down
Search for  
With search mode in section(s)
And sort the results by
show articles written by  
 Review archive:  # a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Go to the The Caretaker website  The Caretaker - A Stairway To The Stars [V/Vm Test Records - 2002]

"A Stairway To The Stars" is the second album by The Caretaker, who presumably also recorded music under the name V/Vm. Perhaps the most interesting music on V/Vm Test Records has to offer, "A Stairway To The Stars" consists of reprocessed ballroom music from the 1930's and 1940's.

The Caretaker already released "The Haunted Ballroom", also on V/Vm Test Records. The title of the album describes pretty much what The Caretaker is about. For those of you who can remember the incredible creepy ballroom scene from Stanley Kubrick's movie "The Shining" (with Jack Nicholson) know what to expect considering the atmosphere on the album. It's not only very ghostly, but also immensely beautiful and tempting. The stunning opening track "We Cannot Escape The Past" already produces this eerie feeling, packed in a haunting ambient piece of barely two minutes.

Although most of the tracks turn out to be odd and dark ambient tracks, the memories from the haunted ballroom appear more clearly in some of the songs. "Cloudy, Since You Left Away" and "Robins And Roses" are good examples of this, bringing back the recognizable sad melodies, trumpets and deep vocals from those old times. The ballroom classics are taken straight from vinyl records and then manipulated on the computer: reversed, re-sampled, slowed down, all you can think of. This might seem like an easy way to create some music, but the result is both incredible and original. It would perfectly fit as soundtrack for a horror movie, proved by the fact that The Caretaker has been asked by a Belgian theatre company to score a forthcoming production and has also been approached by various film companies who are looking to secure The Caretaker audio for their forthcoming films.

"A Stairway To The Stars" is one of the darkest albums I've heard in a very long time, and easily surpasses other dark ambient acts on for instance Cold Meat Industry in both composition and originality. As with most "dark" albums, this can best be experienced with the lights down and headphones on, even though you might get too frightened. I can't wait for the split 12" on Fat Cat Records later this year!

Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5

Justin Faase
Latest Reviews

The Caretaker - A Stairway To The...
"A Stairway To The Stars" is the second album by The Caretaker, who presumably also recorded music under the name V/Vm. Perhaps the most interesting music on...
011022   Universal Terror - Universal ...
300922   Applez91 - Wall Maria
290922   Earthflesh & Eyerolls - Elem...
290922   Altars - Ascetic Reflection
290922   Burning an Illusion - Burnin...
280922   Human Lanterns - Human Lanter...
280922   Scary Tales - Scary Tales(Blu...
270922   Russian Circles - Gnosis
260922   Martin Taxt - Second Room
260922   Alex Zethson - Residy
Latest Articles

Joe Sherlock - The King of modern...
Oregon-based Joe Sherlock is one of the more distinctive of modern low-budget genre directors- his work blends sci-fi and horror tropes, with wacky and often...
150922   Joe Sherlock - The King of mo...
230822   Sdug Bsngal - Some Scars Run ...
020822   The Night Porter & Slowgurn p...
200622   The Worse Album In The World ...
240522   Noir On Powerhouse Films - Fr...
260422   Schloss Tegal - Back To The ...
230322   The Residents - Fifty Years ...
170222   Dave Phillips - The Humanimal...
270122   Glemt - Dark and Deranged Spi...
211221   Best Of 2021 - Music, Sound &...
Go Up
(c) Musique Machine 2001 -2017. Celebrating 16 years of true independence!! Mail Us at questions=at=musiquemachine=dot=comBottom