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Complete album uploaded in super high-quality FLAC format, straight from original master by James Plotkin. Download includes the 150-page book, filled with lyrics, images, and album backstory in PDF format.
“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.