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“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

“Real, raw, and visceral…Giles Corey is an experience, rather than an album filled with songs…will certainly stand as one of the most unforgettable [of the year].” Muzik Discovery

“For all the changes made to the world around us there are still innate things in humans that will cause us to harm ourselves and to hold ourselves back from our true potential. The best thing about Giles Corey is that it all seems okay almost in spite of itself, that for all Barrett’s attempts to make us inhabit his desolate soundscape, goodness shines through in brief flashes and its light is visible if only for a moment. 4/5″ - Sputnik Music

“Let me tell you that Mr. Barrett has crafted (willingly or woefully) the finest piece of unflinching blues I’ve heard in twenty years, at least. And by blues, I’m not talking the common, electric safety aggrandized by the White Stripes of the Black Keys. I’m sorry if that sounds petty but when I think blues I think Furry Lewis, Robert Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson…Often, this record is so honest, so brutally articulate that it’s difficult to absorb the whole wretched thing.” - Pinpoint Music

"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 line opens the 150-page book that accompanies Giles Corey, an intensely personal, intimate portrait of depression that took me almost 4 years to make.

We've called this "acoustic music from the industrial revolution," and that's as good as anything. Dominated by the acoustic guitar, the music is a gloomy mixture of Americana influences, snippets of EVP recordings, ghostly choirs and deep, heavy organ. It ranges from very dark to triumphant, hushed quiet to crashingly loud.

The album follows a story arc of emotions that are detailed in the accompanying book, as much a part of this record as the music. The text switches between personal tales of struggles with depression, suicide, and a feeling of being lost, and the story of cult-leader and afterlife theorist Robert Voor. Voor's writings on death and the afterlife feature prominently across HAVE A NICE LIFE's "Deathconsciousness," Nahvalr's self-titled debut, and Giles Corey, making him the unifying factor behind most of the music I've written in the last 10 years.

This record is as personal and raw as anything I've ever done. Thank you for your interest.

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released 01 March 2011

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Giles Corey Middlefield, Connecticut

Giles Corey is acoustic music about history, suicide, and ghosts.

Giles Corey began as a collection of acoustic songs written by Dan Barrett (of Have A Nice Life and Nahvalr).

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“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
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Track Name: The Haunting Presence
Giles Corey, bloody, gory,
we will redress your wrongs
bloody, battered,
nothing matters,
somehow, just makes it worse

and I don't care if I live or die,
because I ain't ever going to no other side,
there ain't no heaven and there ain't no hell,
but I am a sinner so it's all just as well

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

and of a wicked physick came
all the heavy stones
to fall with crushing weight upon
all of those who can't become a ghost

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 am buried above the ground
and noone knows anything

is this real
Track Name: Blackest Bile
all around me
in the air hangs a wreath
of blackest bile, and smoke
that I can see

I open up my heart
and let it all in
and it kills all my love
and hope for everyone

and it hasn't been easy on you,
I know that more than most.
I am born to be alone,
I am just some lonely ghost

all around us
hangs an air of darkest doom,
and it flows out my lungs
and slowly fills the room

I open up my heart
and stick my fingers in,
but you will never want
what I have to give
Track Name: Grave Filled With Books
I don't know what anything means.
I think I've forgotten how to sleep,
and I'm not the only one.

I will break my spine on the page,
like the books that will up my grave.

I am entombed in my bed
with those words that you said, that I kept :

that I'm not the only one
that you've never loved.

boo, hoo.
Track Name: Empty Churches
maybe I'm just feeling crushed.
Track Name: I'm Going To Do It
there is no self to kill
a city of gardens

I'm going to kill my self
to kill my self
to kill my self
I'm going to kill my self
so there won't be nothing left

I'm going to remove myself
remove myself
remove myself
I'm going to remove myself
so there won't be nothing left

Because you are everyone you hate
when you're asleep or awake
all the choices you've made

you are everyone you hate
and it is ruining your life
Track Name: Spectral Bride
Angles singing in a choir
oh, my lord, I am on fire
what am I to do

voices singing into space
read their verse in my lonely face
what am I to do

because I don't deserve you
not even for a moment
not even for a second will I ever be saved

my love's out to get me
and you know
you know
you know it's going to succeed
and I hope I survive this fucking week
alone

and if I don't survive
I'll still be by your side
just clad in ghostly white
I'll be your spectral bride
Track Name: Nobody's Ever Going To Want Me
I'm armed to the teeth
like a fucking animal
I ruin everything
I get my bony hands on

and here we go, now
over the bridge of sighs
we will get a cross like christ, crucified
it's like a birth but it is in reverse
never gets better, always gets worse

I'll gnaw at anything
new england is mine, and
it owes me a living

step one
step two
step three
step four, we fall through the floor
fall through the floor
fall through the floor

I want to feel like I feel when I'm asleep
Track Name: A Sleeping Heart
if I die
and I will
oh please, please bury me
in the ground by my school
where I once worked

if I'm killed
as I will
oh please, please raise a stone
and inscribe all of these here lonely words:

how do I wake your sleeping heart?
Track Name: Buried Above Ground
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