RIYL: 1920s-era ballroom dancing

Label: History Always Favours The Winners

Around this time last year, Leyland Kirby’s experimental conceptual art project known as The Caretaker began a 6-part series exploring the deteriorating effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, specifically with the elderly who grew up in the World War era of ballroom dancing.  Stage 1 began blissful and hopeful with very few slights or interruptions, but Stage 2 introduced more nervous energy, some hiccups and a few brain lapses.  Waltz loops would end unexpectedly and the music sounded like it was getting lost in the vinyl crackles.

Leyland describes Stage 3 as “more disturbed, isolated, broken and distant. These are the last embers of awareness before we enter the post awareness stages.”  Indeed, the album begins with familiar sounds from the first 2 stages, but they’re spinning in vertigo and sinking slowly into an abyss.  You can hear the victim gripping their memories with all of their strength, but slowly losing the tug of war as their life experiences are erased forever.

From my description, it sounds like this project is just one big bummer, but these albums are still a joy to listen to.  They’re trippy, cavernous experiments in ambient music, a perfect addition to that area of your vinyl shelf.  Grab one of the blue vinyl copies as quick as you can because these will sell out today.

The Details

Strictly limited blue vinyl edition. Mastered and cut by Lupo, artwork by Ivan Seal.

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Price $22.5

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