The Darkest Album I Have Ever Heard – Everywhere at The End of Time – A Bucket of Jake

The most intense and out of body experience I have ever experienced while listening to a record

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30 thoughts on “The Darkest Album I Have Ever Heard – Everywhere at The End of Time – A Bucket of Jake”
  1. I'm a music therapist who has worked for years with people with dementia, and I absolutely love this album because i feel it helped deepen my empathy and understanding towards my clients. on a personal level, i find it incredibly difficult to sit through as my family has a history of dementia. it brings up the fear that i could one day be diagnosed also (though it's not likely). to me, losing the memories of one's own life is worse than death itself. i love that you mentioned that music is one of the last memories people can connect with, as it justifies the importance of music to not only be a form of entertainment but a vital source of connection to the world and memories they hold.

    I was unaware that The Caretaker actually composed all the music for the project, I thought he had raided his family's vinyl collection or something and had just thrown a filter on each track >.< i have even more respect for the work now.

    your video was an incredible overview, thank you for sharing it!

  2. Phase 3 is the saddest, scariest one for me. It is loaded with an insane number of callbacks to the breakthrough caretaker album "An Empty Bliss Beyond This World" (including the title drop) but distorted and peeled apart. You have your own memories of that you liked long ago album distorted. Having listened to it a number of times, it affected me pretty deeply.

  3. Even without dementia, memories can distort. I've had personal experiences with this, like recalling some childhood films or events, where when watched back, some things just aren't what you thought they were. It is so scary to imagine being trapped in dementia, and having even your memories become strangers to you like this.

  4. Excellent review. James is a legend and his stuff as The Caretaker and V/Vm and his now deficit V/VM Test record label are and were hugely influential and singular in approacjlh.

  5. I know a lot of people say that this album made them afraid of dementia, but it has always been a great fear of mine. Something about the constant confusion, the total loss of independence, it's just horrifying. Especially since my entire life I've never been able to rely on other people. All I've ever had is myself. I'm always stuck in my own head. If I were to lose myself like that, my own mind would be an inescapable prison. The only thing that scares me more than that, is watching someone I love go through it and being powerless to stop it.

  6. My body turning against me is a big fear of mine. My mind turning against me is the biggest fear i have. My whole identity is that no one controls me except myself. No one. My emotions, my actions, my own thoughts. I am in charge of those, not the other way around. I am the only one who can control me, and i am the only thing i can truly control. The idea that i will lose control of myself…. And i have the family history for it. Schizophrenia and dementia. I dont want to go that way. Ive told my wife that if it happens then im out. If my mind starts turning against me im leaving before i lose who i am. If my body starts going i want someone to put me out before its too late. Wife dosnt like it, obviously, and maybe I will change my mind in the moment and decide to fight it out. Ill just have to tell her that when i stop singing its time to let go.

  7. In the artwork for Stage 5, what I see is this:
    Everything is sitting atop a staircase, and in the middle there's this extension. Standing on top of the extension, I can make out a woman wearing a dress, leaning forward with one arm behind her that holds a sharp, long "stick." On the right side of the woman, there are pastel, off-white colors forming a blob. On the left, there is a dark, shriveled mass. I believe the pastel colored blob and the dark, shriveled mass is the same object, and it represents the dementia patient's brain. I believe that the pastel part of the brain is the brain during dementia, or maybe the brain before dementia, and the grayish mass represents that the brain is only going to decay further, until the dementia patient eventually dies. The woman is standing between the pastel part and the gray part. And on top of all that, the woman is distorted. She's made up of swirls and cavities, pure black shadows, her body merges with other things easily. She is unrecognizable. I believe that represents how dementia patients, in later stages, can't recognize even their own family members. She, a close family member of the patient, is cutting off part of the gray, shriveled brain with her "stick." She so desperately wants to "cut off" the dementia. She wants to stop the inevitable downward spiral. She wants to bring back the person who she once knew and loved. But she can't. They are long gone.

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