RIYL: letting go

Label: History Always Favours The Winners

For the last 2 1/2 years, Leyland Kirby has taken us from the glimmering hope of life and happiness into the cold indifference of death.  As The Caretaker, Kirby broke the harrowing journey of dementia into a 6-part series, each progressing further and further into an uncontrolled swirl of darkness and madness.  Honestly, I was on board for the first 3 parts and just couldn’t bring myself to buy the fourth chapter.  My uncle, one of the most successful pediatricians in Texas, was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia not too long ago, and his life splintered almost overnight.  He was forced to retire, he began forgetting where he was while he was driving, he couldn’t remember his grandchildren’s names and on and on and on.  Needless to say, this particular kind of conceptual art has become deeply personal to me and I can’t thank Leyland enough for the cathartic trek this series has been.

The final chapter is finally here.  Thankfully, the brash and terrifying noise interludes from Stage 4 and 5 have seceded to the far corners of the brain.  We’re left with a weightless drone, a humbling acceptance that we have lost this long battle.  We grieve, but we’re content with our finality.  The final track Place in the World Fades Away couldn’t be more perfect of an ending as the faint crackle of a children’s choir leads us into the great warmth of blackness.

I had to get this one.  As my uncle continues to fight, this album will remind me that my time on this rock is fleeting and that my grand schemes are inconsequential to the purpose of it all.  That’s a beautiful thing.  Goodbyes are hard, but this one feels right.  Thanks again, Caretaker.

The Details

Strictly Limited Blue vinyl - edition of 600 copies, mastered and cut by Lupo. Comes in a thick spine, deluxe gatefold sleeve featuring reproductions of three new paintings by Ivan Seal. Includes a download dropped to your account.

Price $35.8

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