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The Caretaker - Everywhere At The End Of Time

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    'Everywhere at the end of time' was a series exploring dementia, its advancement and its totality. This is a 6 hour long album made up of 6 stages, trying to portray the progression of dementia. I...

    'Everywhere at the end of time' was a series exploring dementia, its advancement and its totality.

    This is a 6 hour long album made up of 6 stages, trying to portray the progression of dementia. I am still listening to it but just the concept and what I have heard so far is really interesting. I hope I get to the end in one session today, of course with a few breaks. Probably not something a person would relisten often, but it's a really powerful experience. If anyone tries listening to it, please share your thoughts!

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      Well, I am done listening to it. I admit I put parts of the last 1 and a half hours on 2x speed, because it's getting pretty late, and also because it was getting pretty overwhelming. Stage 1...

      Well, I am done listening to it. I admit I put parts of the last 1 and a half hours on 2x speed, because it's getting pretty late, and also because it was getting pretty overwhelming. Stage 1 through 3 were kind of listenable. Most of stage 4 and stage 5 were all encompassing anxiety inducing, scary, destructive messes. Except for small islands of still eerie peacefulness these parts were really too much for me, probably for everyone. Stage 6 for me was actually kind of serene after going through the previous parts. The ending wasn't as strong for me as some people described it, but it really was kind of blissful. I also had a lot of distractions going on through basically the whole thing, and kept the volume kind of low through most of it, cause I am a wuss. Which definitely lessened the intensity of the experience of the latter stages, but really it is powerful enough even like this. I can't imagine myself actually actively listening without distractions to this gargantuan thing in its entirety. Some people said they got panic attacks when listening to this, which I can understand, and I definitely wouldn't recommend listening to this to someone who is in a bad place mentally. I don't really know what else to say. Art is weird. It's certainly an experience. And it goes through a lot. Also the cover art for the different stages are pretty wild, definitely at least look at that if you aren't going to the albums - which is perfectly understandable.

      At least I can feel like a good music nerd and a proper weirdo, considering I just listened to a 6 and a half hour long thing in one day haha. Hopefully I won't have nightmares tonight when trying to sleep.

      To be honest, if dementia gets as bad as some parts of this album feel, I would definitely prefer just getting euthanized to not have to experience this. I guess no one can really know how falling apart actually feels. But if I think about how late stage dementia might feel. It probably actually is as horrifying as I can imagine. Maybe at some point people kind of lose consciousness and "cease being". Which might actually be better than being conscious while not knowing and remembering basically anything. Horrifying. It might be weird to say this, but I am kind of happy that all my grandparents died before they got too senile.