Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 4 2LP (gatefold)
HAFTW 28 / UK / 2018
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.