RIYL: dementia, sadness, conceptual art

Label: History Always Favours The Winners

In September of 2016, Leyland Kirby began a 6-part series under his experimental ambient moniker known as The Caretaker.  Each piece of the series is a stage in the gradual degradation of dementia on a human mind, specifically one that grew up in the ballroom dancing era of the 1920s.  Stage 1 was bright, colorful and hopeful, but began to deteriorate quite significantly into confusion and terror towards the end of Stage 3.  As an example of conceptual art, Everywhere At The End Of Time is quite remarkable, but as a passive listen, it can be an incredibly dark experience.  As one of our readers put it last year, it’s “background music for penning a suicide note.”  Dark stuff indeed.

Stage 4 undoubtedly is the turning point in the series.  Any glimpses of wistful melodies or coherent structures are gone.  Replacing them are fragmented samples of noise, a split second of a muted trumpet followed by a cavernous rush of low-frequency drone.  Vinyl 78s crackle alongside bottom-octave moans and otherworldly soundscapes straight out of a sci-fi horror film.  Listenable?  Absolutely…if you’re already familiar with what The Caretaker is trying to do here (and doing very well, mind you).  For anyone unfamiliar with the project, listen at your own risk.  This stuff is jarring and disorienting.  You’re literally thrust head first into the gurgling, quickly-degrading dehumanization of dementia.  Haunting.

600 copies on blue vinyl, folks.  That’s probably enough to last for a day or two, but these will sell out.  Seriously.

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.

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