In October of last year, Leyland Kirby released Watching Dead Empires in Decay, a stark, haunting piece of dark ambience.  This October will see his equally brooding 2008 album Bleaklow released on vinyl for the first time.  This ominous part of the year, as your green lawn slowly browns and the trees wilt, is the perfect partnership with Kirby’s art.  As The Caretaker, Kirby looped old, warpy 78s from the 1920s and transformed them into a chilling, cavernous ballroom straight out of The Shining’s playbook.  As The Stranger, his industrial influences come to the forefront, but the darkness is immersed in gorgeous, lush layers of synthy drones and swelling white noise.

The vinyl release will be housed in completely redesigned cover from Ivan Seal and initial copies will be on bright yellow wax.


Leyland Kirby vinyl collectors are bountiful, so if this stuff is up your alley, don’t wait too long.  U.S. distribution will be provided by Forced Exposure, but we don’t know if they will have yellow vinyl just yet.  Until we know, the buy link will take you to Boomkat, which means international shipping prices.

If nothing else, stream  the entire album below.  It’s a beauty.

The Details

First ever vinyl edition of this 2008 album from The Stranger, aka James Leyland Kirby / The Caretaker. Fully remastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy, first 250 copies pressed on transparent yellow vinyl, featuring original artwork by Ivan Seal* One of the most destitute and absorbing albums in Leyland Kirby’s canon is finally given a much needed vinyl pressing, following on from its initial CD release 6 years ago.

Price $26

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