John McCaffrey, aka part timer, needs no heralded introduction at this point, at least in our neck of the woods. That being said we cannot help but dust off our trumpets every time his name comes up.
In the fledgling stages of his musical days, McCaffrey describes moving from Accrington, in the north of England, to Australia. It was there that he’d been previously involved in making music with good friend Jonny Russell, aka thendof, under the name clickits. Since Russell had always been the more tech-savvy of the two, McCaffrey needed to start developing some familiarity with the computer as a way of constructing tunes upon arriving in Australia.
Perversely enough, this entailed McCaffrey buying his first ever guitar. The subsequent combination of learning to play the guitar and learning how to use a computer as a sequencer gave rise to a fairly lo-fi sound that seemed to deserve the name part timer. For a gent that allows such organic prettiness and jagged digital disruptions to coexist so peacefully in the same space, he maintains the utmost humility towards his music, even subconsciously avoiding giving capitalization to his part timer namesake. McCaffrey has been fortunate to have some very supportive friends in England at moteer and in Japan at flau, who have encouraged him along the way in releasing several albums.
Whichever, genre binding words we choose to describe McCaffrey’s music, a few things still hold true. There is a solid comfort found in the warm and uplifting core of his music, one that stands the test of time. Maybe the material reminisces on the sounds of decaying tapes from long forgotten folk inhabitance, but spend an hour or four listening to full breathe of Part Timer’s collection and you’ll agree there is a timelessness and sheer beauty to his records that will surely keep the dust off them for many years to come.
moteerの誇る人気ユニットClickitsの片割れJohn McCaffreyによるソロプロジェクト。2003年にClickitsとしてmoteer第１弾リリースとなる”Commercial Body Fittings”でデビュー。EmpressのNicola Hodgkinsonや妻のDanielle Mccaffreyが参加したPart Timer名義のデビュー作は、グラスゴーの人気ギターポップバンドThe Pastelsのメンバーがベストアルバムに選び注目を集めた。現在はオーストラリアのメルボルンを拠点に、Part Timer他Scissors And Sellotape、Upward Arrowsなど様々な名義で活動中。
albums and EPs:
Part Timer (moteer,2006)
Out Of The Blue (flau,2007)
Anonymeye / Part Timer - Silhouettes 3 (hellos quare,2007)
Aaron Martin / Part Timer - Seed Collection (mobeer,2009)
Aaron Martin / Part Timer - Grass Rewound (under the spire,2009)
Taped Recordings (2009)
The Runner (2010)
Real To Reef (lost tribe sound,2010)
compilations & remixies:
Sound Emission (fbi,2007)
Shoeb Ahmad - Mixed Doubles (hellos quare,2007)
Declining Winter - The Future Sound of Hip Hop parts 1 and 2 (misplaced,2007)
Asleep On Trains (hellos quare,2007)
88 Taoes (kesh:::,2008)
Tomorrow & Tomorrow & Tomorow vol.1 (sound & funy,2008)
Declining Winter - Haunt The Upper Hallways (home assembly music,2009)
Northerner - The Ridings (home assembly music,2009)
The Green Kingdom - The Prismatic Remixes (home assembly music,2010)
Gurun Gurun - Gorogoro Garagara Rimikkusu (home normal,2010)
Lost Tribe Sound: One (lost tribe sound,2010)
Erik Satie & Les Nouveaux Jeunes (arbouse,2011)
bei Part Timer macht das irgendwie Sinn, auch wenn es nur ein kleiner Aspekt dieser Platte ist. Einfach toll. - De:Bug
the organic and synthetic to summon up a mode that anticipates the current boom for all things folk. - Norman Records