Part Timer is John McCaffrey. We first came across his work all the way back in 2003 on the self-titled Clickits record on Moteer. Moteer, as is the case with an incredible number of artists on Home Normal, is the connection really as we followed John's work as he left Clickits and moved to Australia, starting his Part Timer work. He's released music as Part Timer, Upward Arrows, and Scissors and Sellotape on various labels we are close friends with in flau, Facture, Moteer/Mobeer, Cotton Goods, Lost Tribe Sound, and Under The Spire, to name a few.
He very kindly made a remix for the Gurun Gurun remix album 'Gorogoro Garagara Rimikkusu', and made a Home Normal / Hibernate mix with Pimmon for our Black Elk, Tobias Hellkvist, Moon Ate The Dark and Pausal / Olan Mill in March 2013.
Here's a rather lovely music video for 'Never Meant To Be' by Part Timer, set to clips from 'Morvern Callar' starring Samantha Morton (2002):
Here's a little more information about Part Timer:
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.
To keep up-to-date with Part Timer news, you can follow him on Facebook here:
You can stream, share and buy 'ano uta - part timer remix' from Gurun Gurun's 'Gorogoro Garagara Rimikkusu' here:
You can stream, share and buy 'Real to Reel' by Part Timer from Lost Tribe Sound here:
You can stream, share and buy 'For The Tired And Ill At Ease' by Scissors and Sellotape from Facture here: