The Caretaker to release a six-part series exploring dementia over the course of three years

The Caretaker to release a six-part series exploring dementia over the course of three years

The Caretaker, a.k.a. James Leyland Kirby, is responsible for some of TMT’s favorite albums, including 2011’s landmark release, An Empty Bliss Beyond This World. Today, he unveils not only that he was recently diagnosed with having early onset dementia [UPDATE: Kirby has apparently just given his moniker The Caretaker “dementia.” Despite the ambiguous wording on Bandcamp, Kirby himself does not have dementia.], but also a new complementary and “finite series,” titled Everywhere at the end of time.

The work will be released in six separate parts over the next three years. According to Kirby, “Each stage will reveal new points of progression, loss and disintegration. Progressively falling further and further towards the abyss of complete memory loss and nothingness.” He goes on further:

Viewing dementia as a series of stages can be a useful way to understand the illness, but it is important to realise that this only provides a rough guide to the progress of the condition.

Drawing on a recorded history of 20 years of recollected memories this is one final journey and study into recreating the progression of
dementia through sound.

The first edition is out today on limited vinyl and via Bandcamp. It comes accompanied by the following description:

Here we experience the first signs of memory loss.
This stage is most like a beautiful daydream.
The glory of old age and recollection.
The last of the great days.

Here is the schedule for the remaining stages:

Stage 2 - Released in March 2017
Stage 3 - Released in September 2017
Stage 4 - Released in March 2018
Stage 5 - Released in September 2018
Stage 6 - Released in March 2019

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