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Artist: CARETAKER, THE
Title: Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 4
Format: Double LP
Label: History Always Favours the Winners
Country: UK
Price: $35.00
"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. Its 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 Nicholsons descent into madness in The Shining (1980), The Caretaker connotes the transitory cognitive breakdown of moderate into severe late stage dementia. Memories of the good times are recollected in glitching pyknoleptic 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 mind state 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... Artwork by Ivan Seal. Mastered and cut by Lupo. Double-LP comes in gatefold sleeve." - History Always Favours The Winners.
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Artist: CARETAKER, THE
Title: Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 5
Format: Double LP
Label: History Always Favours the Winners
Country: UK
Price: $35.00
"The penultimate release in the series, Stage 5 of The Caretakers Everywhere At The End of Time charts severe levels of musical/mental deterioration and sensory detachment through four extended, smudged and hallucinatory side-long pieces. Nearing the end, Stage 5 sees our protagonist enter a near-permanent state of confusion and horror. Mirroring the endemic deterioration of dementias latter phases, one is pulled through the most extreme entanglements in the series so far; repetition and ruptures, barely maintaining a connection to waking life and a sense of self. In the most classic sense, one becomes witness to an abandonment and dissolution of ego, as the mulch of bygone 78s totally loses itself in a way that connotes misfiring synapses failing to properly relay information at advanced levels of the disease. It feels as though ones skull is being scraped out, uncovering hellish layers of accreted sensation and mulched imagery, occasionally recognizing calmer patterns, only for them to fray into the ether before its possible to parse and dwell on them. At this point its also perhaps worth pointing out the uncannily profound synchronicity between the timelines of Everywhere At The End of Time and Brexit, which both started in 2016 and are due to wrap up in spring 2019. It should be no stretch of the imagination to read into their parallel progression from nostalgia and historic/collective amnesia, to progressive dementia and complete obliteration of (the) sense(s). Mastered and cut by Lupo, artwork by Ivan Seal." - History Always Favours The Winners.

Artist: KIRBY, LEYLAND
Title: Intrigue & Stuff Vol. 4
Format: 12"
Label: History Always Favours the Winners
Country: UK
Price: $19.00
"James Leyland Kirby returns with an uncompromising, poetic and unexpected fourth and final installment in his long-dormant Intrigue & Stuff series, dispatched from his new base in Krakow for his own History Always Favours The Winners label. Since we last heard from the provocateur, hes issued brilliant albums as The Caretaker and The Stranger, a cracking 12" for his formative heroes R&S/Apollo, and marked his 40th birthday with a 40-track album of piano pieces... yet we cant help but feel that hes saved some of his most deliriously spannered and heartbreakingly personal intimations for this new LP. Opening with a proper shock-out modeling mutant fractals and strobing loops that are almost junglist in tempo and structure on "Locked into Situations," the spirit-crushed and sozzled boogie-sludge of "Derelict Bar" follows and marks out territory in a dark, dank corner. Over on the B-side, he yields the intoxicating whiskey fume shimmer and viscous roil of "The Tar Sands," plus a strange percussive piece that sounds like lonely seamen performing drum rituals in a ships hull, and concludes with the somnolent symphony of spectral siren chorales, synth brass and claggy bass in "Wanting an Absolute Beyond." Well never quite know the intentions behind these tracks, but we can tell you they function equally as escape pods and ideal drinking soundtracks. Imbibe deeply and responsibly." - History Always Favours the Winners.

Artist: KIRBY, LEYLAND
Title: Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was
Format: 6LP
Label: History Always Favours the Winners
Country: UK
Price: $65.00
"One of 2009s most critically-acclaimed releases, Leyland Kirbys Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was is now available in an extremely limited collectors 6LP edition containing over 4 hours of music, shrink-wrapped and sealed with a custom-made obi-strip. The records themselves are packaged inside three beautiful LP jackets featuring artwork by Ivan Seal. As a document, its emotional and personal, heartbreaking and gentle, a 6-month fairy tale from the big city complete with heroes and villains, with winners and losers. Only 300 copies of this beautiful set have been made -- we strongly urge you to invest. [Please note that the three Leyland Kirby LP sleeves are held together with glue spots. Please separate records very gently to avoid any damage to the sleeves.]" - History Always Favours the Winners.
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