The Caretaker

Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 4

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Fourth in a series of 6 albums cataloguing the effects of early onset dementia.

The Caretaker slips beyond recognition in the first “post awareness” stage of Everywhere At The End of Time. The ability to recall singular memories gives way to confusions and horror. It’s the beginning of an eventual process where all memories begin to become more fluid through entanglements, repetition and rupture.

Though the metaphoric device of worn-down ballroom 78s and Jack Nicholson’s descent into madness in The Shining, The Caretaker connotes the transitory cognitive breakdown of moderate into severe late stage dementia. Memories of the good times are recollected in glitching picnoleptic flashes as the music struggles to follow consistent lines of thought, instead fluctuating between a fractured mosaic of ideas and elusive emotive gestures, but still occasionally able to gather coherent thoughts.

In aesthetic, the sieve-like mindstate of stage 4 vacillates a serene sort of psychedelia with utterly paranoid and petrifying mental subsidence. Smudged traces of sublimated musical hall memories give way to shocking tracts of atonality and discord with runaway rhythmic logic, perpetually tumbling farther into states of mind perhaps best compared with K-Hole-like dimensions or the babble of after-hours psychonautic journeys.

The concision of previous stages is here replaced with wandering, side-long tracts. Three of those are titled Post Awareness Confusions and correspondingly explore and reflect agitated, irritable mindsets as they navigate an ephemeral, confusing complexity of structures. The other piece is called Temporary Bliss State and starkly contrasts the other parts in a coherently lush traverse of ambient crackle and glittering melody.

The Caretaker: Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 4

Stage 4 Post Awareness Confusions Pt 1 The Caretaker
Stage 4 Post Awareness Confusions Pt 2 The Caretaker
Stage 4 Temporary Bliss State The Caretaker
Stage 4 Post Awareness Confusions Pt 3 The Caretaker

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