četvrtak, 23. veljače 2012.

Giles Corey - Giles Corey (2011)

    Giles Corey (Dan Barrett) vidio je Gilesa Coreya kako hoda po glavi Gilesa Coreya koji je upravo izlazio iz zida i zabadao Gilesa Coreya u Gilesa Coreya.
    Samoubojstvo kao zvukovni performans sa sablastima. 
    Apsolutno esencijalno!


"Giles Corey began as a collection of acoustic songs written by Dan Barrett (of Have A Nice Life and Nahvalr).
Then, he nearly killed himself. Instead of following through with that, he started a project: a search through any and every piece of written word that he could find to determine if life were worth living.
Giles Corey became a way to catalog those thoughts, books, and events, to put them in a box, and to hopefully put them away forever.
These songs range from alt-country, to gospel-influenced shoegaze, to synth-heavy folk; they go from upbeat to depressed, from barely-there to epic and sprawling. But every song here shares a root in a struggle to decide if life was worth the trouble.
Giles Corey’s self-titled debut is almost more story than record. Told through photographs, prose, and music, it explores the progression from life to suicidal depression and back again. It’s also one of the only examinations of the work of Robert Voor, the author of On An Obscure Text, which accompanied the Have A Nice Life album “Deathconsciousness.”
Lonely, honest, and objective, Giles Corey is acoustic music obsessed with truth, suicide, and ghosts. Debut record and 150-page book are available now.

“If you’re familiar with HANL, you’ll be glad to hear that this album is also bleak and dark, but there’s a lot of upbeat moments as well. It’s still morbid, just in a slightly different way than what Enemies List has released before. I guess the best way to describe it would be black folk with prominent keyboards.” – CTIndie, www.ctindie.com
“Simple, profound, extreme, frightening, calming, Giles Corey is definitely a contender for one of the most impressive and moving albums of 2011…it is obvious that Dan Barrett is one of the most talented artists of this generation…” – The Inarguable
“I don’t ask you, but beg you to head over to Enemies List right now to pre-order your copy, because once it’s gone it’s not coming back. Trust me, after you nightmares, dried eyes and eased stomach you will thank me, and most importantly you will thank Dan Barrett.” – Heavy Boots Music
“This is ceratinly a powerhouse release; emotionally, conceptually, musically (and hell, physically). An essential look for fans of the Enemies List label and curious newcomers alike.” – Binge Cringe Whinge

 ENEMIES LIST is the record label that wages war on music. Since 2003.
 our artists are amazing. Seriously. Check them out.
  • Have A Nice Life doomed-out new wave and shoegaze, Swans meets My Bloody Valentine meets Joy Division.
  • Afterlives – lo-fi, intensely personal dirges, outsider art from a brand new musician.
  • Nahvalr – blackened, evil, experimental noise created from dozens of contributions; open-sourced black metal.
  • America Addio – hyper-intellectual, super-addictive synthpop about agribusiness and race relations.
  • Giles Corey – Lonely, acoustic, ghostly, influenced by gospel and country music, featuring members of Have A Nice Life.
  • Planning For Burial – Lumbering doom-compositions with powerful melodic centers, the perfect post-everything.
  • Frustrator – Impeccably crafted pop music, heart-breaking vocals, pitch-perfect in every way.
  • Sleep In – Breathy, sleepy, jangly one-man pop and rock, and the musician is only 18; totally incredible.
  • Mamaleek – Experimental Black Metal exploring Middle-Eastern history, ritual, and sorcery. Sheer buzzing, melodic genius.
"From time to time, things happen in one’s being that changes their perspective on life. That thing can simply alter miniscule day to day thoughts, it can make you dedicate yourself to changing your life from that very second to infinity or sometimes, if we’re lucking enough, this event can completely break us down. It can destroy the ever unstable structure that is our lives like mere toothpick shacks, and we are left with nothing but a meaningless life and the foreboding task of starting over. Nathan Barrett had one of those events. Nathan Barrett had a breakdown. Nathan Barrett tried to kill himself.

Dan Barrett is Giles Corey. Not the Giles Corey that was pressed to death in New England in 1692, but Barrett isn’t much different. Giles Corey is the moniker of Dan Barrett, the Connecticut based mastermind behind Enemies List Recordings and one half of shoegaze/drone/industrial/metal outfit Have A Nice Life. This self titled release is Barrett first official solo release as Giles Corey and since I received a copy in my mailbox to review on Friday I have been trying to tackle the idea of how I’m going to do this record justice with a review. Before we go on, you must understand that this isn’t just a record. This isn’t just nine tracks of some of the best gloomy folk music you have heard. This is a memoir. This is a cry for help. This is a dark, black memory. This is something so personal that it challenges the listener. This is listening to a plane crash or a car wreck. This is listening to a suicide note. This is something we haven’t heard before. Accompanying this nine track album is 150 page book.
“Sometime in the Spring of 2009 I tried to kill myself. Six months before that, I used a Voor’s Head Device for the first time”
This is the first sentence of the introduction. Following this sentence, the introduction goes on to tell about how Barrett wore this device over his head, sat at his piano and blacked out. He remained unconscious for an hour, until his tape recorder clicked to a stop. When Barrett came to after that hour he was in a huddled mass on the floor with the hood next to him. He couldn’t bring himself to listen to the recording for several days. When he finally listened to said recording he heard things. Horrific things. Footsteps, glasses clinking, wailing and screaming, banging on his wooden piano and no explanation. As the listener, you hear these things throughout the entire record, but predominately at the closing of the first track, “The Haunting Presence.” It was when this track closed that I realized I truly wasn’t listening to a normal record. I was terrified and quite frankly, I was rather disturbed. I was listening to someone’s fading heartbeats. I was listening to someone’s most troubled inner feelings. Truly, I was listening to a suicide note. It took me a about 3 listens to get through the first two tracks. Not because they are awful. They are actually the complete opposite. I had never listened to something so personal. This record is so personal that it’s almost impossible to listen to without becoming attached to it. Without feeling like this is your suicide note.
If you listen to Have A Nice Life you understand they love adding layer upon layer of soundscapes to one single track. For example, HANL’s song “The Big Gloom,” has over 50 tracks on it. If you know about Enemies List Recordings, you know that these young men have a love for everything about the Black Metal scene. It’s mythology, it’s secrecy and, most importantly, the fact that it’s one of the last music scenes that is still very DIY, and lastly if you have heard any of Giles Corey’s early tracks you know that Barrett’s solo music is self proclaimed “acoustic music for the end of the industrial revolution” or “depressive suicidal black folk.” Combine all these things (the layering, the black metal, and the gloom/doom folk), and you will begin…BEGIN to have an idea of what to expect from this record.
This record contains layered and reverb/echo soaked vocals, spectral choirs, distorted organs, brass, spiritual recordings and some very intense, raw and all out crushingly heartbreaking lyrics. For years now, artist have been tagging themselves with the tag of “doom folk” or “gloom country,” but after appreciating this record, I have come to realize this is the first to deserve either of those tags and quite possibly the last.
I have mentioned above the 150 page book that is packaged with this album, and I want to talk about it without giving too much away. The listener really should read this companion piece while the album is playing to get the full effect. It completes the album and reveals it to be one of the spookiest, and honestly, scariest experiences of recent memory. It adds to the helplessness, bareness and all out desperation of Barrett’s mental stability that pushed him to have such feelings. Along with the introduction and lyrics the book is bound with some simply horrific photographs and a much sourced and noted fact based story that, when finished, leaves the listener questioning their life, beliefs, mental well-being, purpose and whether or not what you read was fact or fiction. Trust me, it’s one wild, scary, nightmare inducing ride. I haven’t had a complete night’s sleep since opening this package.
The records climax and most most epic point is the 6:00 minute mark of the track “No one is Ever Going to Want Me.” After a little over six minutes of heartbreaking silence and strumming the track bursts into an orchestra of guitars, brass, choirs, screaming, layered vocals and so much more. The choir and Barrett screaming out “I want to feel like I feel when I’m asleep.” Upon first listen, I was driving south on I-95 when this song came on and was an emotional wreck at the 6:00 minute mark. I had just traveled the six song roller coaster before this track and I felt it was finally calming down, then this particular part happened. I can’t explain the feeling you will wash over you when those choirs start howling. I wanted to drive off the road.
So, here we are. At the end of this record review and I feel I have merely “hit the tip of the iceberg.” No words could do this record justice. There isn’t a review long enough to get you to truly understand this. This is such a subversive thing, this record. This isn’t just listening to a record. This feels like a case study. Like research for a class you find really interesting. This is something so personal, so special that a normal, weak minded person would never begin to share. It would stay closed in a notebook between the mattress and box springs, but Dan Barrett has decided to share his darkest memories with us all. His lowest point. His point of most abandonment, and I personally couldn’t be more pleased with it. So bring on the tears, the fears and the sleepless nights cause this record is going to start on heavy rotation for a long, long time, and I don’t ask you, but beg you to head over to Enemies List right now to pre-order your copy, because once it’s gone it’s not coming back. Trust me, after you nightmares, dried eyes and eased stomach you will thank me, and most importantly you will thank Dan Barrett.
“there’s a devil on my back
there’s a devil on my legs
there’s a devil on my chest
there’s a devil on my neck.
I’ve been wailing like a child
at the bottom of a well.
I’ve been pacing like a man
in a prison cell.
I get buried above the ground.” -Kyle Phelps

*Edit* : Kyle did an absolutely terrific review of Giles Corey’s self titled but, as he said, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Saturday, the day the review copy arrived, we spent hours researching and digging deep into this piece. I found myself glued to the book while Kyle looked up interviews and googled Robert Voor (a mysterious man with no internet history). It’s on point that the book and album are so personal that it becomes YOUR suicide note and you question everything. I questioned whether I was entirely stable when I previously felt fine. I tense up when I read, type, or say Robert Voor’s name, and he very well could be fictional. Giles Corey created something so brilliant and yet so terrifying. In all honesty, I can’t bring myself to listen to most of these songs at night (then again I’m a big sissy). This is something you need to experience personally. In Kyle’s room yesterday I caught myself staring at the cover of that book so deeply and I yearned to read more, but at the same time felt myself avoiding it in fear. Fear that I would continue to create my own suicide note through his."

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