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The second last instalment in The Caretaker's epic 6-part exploration of dementia. By now we are lost and confused, the world is starting to stop making sense. Everywhere At The End Of Time at the end of time achieves this through repetition, dislocation, and dread inducing noise. This is the sound of losing yourself.

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Limited Black vinyl 2LP. Mastered and cut by Lupo. Comes in a deluxe gatefold sleeve featuring reproductions of three new paintings by Ivan Seal.

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Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 5 by The Caretaker
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9/10 Ant Staff review, 26 September 2018

The Caretaker’s epic ‘Everywhere At The End Of Time’ series depicting the onset of dementia has recently taken on an entirely new emotional and deeply personal resonance with me. My Grandfather (we call him Papa as is the way in Scotland) was diagnosed with this horrendous disease and the onset has been far more rapid than the release schedule of this series of six albums. He’s basically at Stage 5 right now which has happened within the space of just a few months - so we’re talking an extreme, chronic case - mass confusion, disorientation, flashbacks, paranoia, moments of normality one minute and then existing in an entirely different time and place altogether the next. Seeing deceased family members and old friends, hallucinations etc. It’s beyond heartbreaking to witness - truly devastating, to say the least.

It’s impossible to imagine that kind of deterioration of mental control, but The Caretakers work and particularly this edition really does offer some sort of semblance of what it might be like inside his mind and that of fellow sufferers. It’s brave work from James Leyland Kirby - accusations of it being crass have been thrown around, but I see it as the role of the artist to probe the taboo and Kirby himself has witnessed this disease affect a loved one firsthand. This work is in no way exploitive, rather I see it as sympathetic and an attempt to offer some sort of insight and empathy with the people that suffer from this illness.

If you’ve been following the series you’ll know that with each stage things become weirder, more blurry and downright strange. The ballroom sounds are distorted, decaying, cracked, crumbling, confused, noisy and chaotic. But there are slight placid passages that almost resemble moments of clarity. It depicts a deeply unpleasant mental state - one I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy, but it’s a powerful work that offers an imagined sonic vision of a state of mind that’s unimaginable unless you have the misfortune to suffer from the illness or witness the agonizing deterioration of a loved one.


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