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|Listening to the The Caretaker's EATEOT albums|
The almighty YouTube algorithm brought The Caretaker's Everywhere at the End of Time series to my attention so I dived right in.
Everywhere at the End of Time - Stage 1
The internet buzz around this record came off a lot like creepypasta and I like weird shit sometimes so the six hour concept multi-album experience seemed right up my alley.
Everywhere at the End of Time - Stage 2
It's a conceptual journey of a character going through dementia -- each album representing different stages.
Everywhere at the End of Time - Stage 3
What does it sound like? Warbly 1930s old-timey music loops that gradually (and sometimes suddenly) disintegrate.
Everywhere at the End of Time - Stage 4
(As a sidenote, the album art simultaneously gets better and more disconcerting the longer you stare at it.)
Everywhere at the End of Time - Stage 5
So does the 'experience' work from a concept perspective? Kinda, I guess? I DID feel pretty despondent listening to it and it had this weird effect of blending into the background while also consuming all of my attention. Yet, I can't help but wonder if listening to anything loop and fall apart into noise for 6 hours would accomplish the same goal. It's such a huge time commitment and I have a feeling Kirby could have made it 2 hours long and had roughly the same effect on me.
Everywhere at the End of Time - Stage 6
Anyways, as much as I love the idea of this sort of thing, it didn't quite live up to the hype for me. It was fun to check out, though.
|cool, gotta listen to those too, did you listen to the 6 hours in one go?|
|I stopped somewhere during stage 4 and started again the next morning. I don't think you have to do it all in one sitting to "get it" but it probably loses that immersion factor if you go too piecemeal.|
|If you want some more context for this project check out Mark Fishers writing on Hauntology. Here's a good retrospective.|
|i did this in six hours straight and i was straight up not okay|
i can understand why it'd kind of drag in that way tho where it kinda disappears into the background, that happens sometimes if im not familiar with an album and don't find something to latch onto (which, in a work as abstract as this, it can be very difficult to latch on to anything as a distinctly enjoyable musical development).
|Nice! I'm not familiar with Fisher but based off what I know from dipping my toes in the topic of Hauntology for school these albums definitely fit. |
|im intrigued af|