”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.” - Dan Barrett (Giles Corey)
GILES COREY’s haunting self-titled debut album has gained a fervent cult following over the years, yet no vinyl edition has been produced until now. The Flenser is very proud to offer a deluxe ‘Giles Corey’ double LP box-set, which includes the same 150 page book that accompanied the original version.
Originally released as a limited edition CD + book by Enemies List Home Recordings in 2011, ‘Giles Corey’ is the gloomy folk solo project from Have A Nice Life mastermind, Dan Barrett. With ‘Giles Corey,’ Dan has forgone the post-industrial trappings of Have A Nice Life and the smooth digital resonation of Black Wing (debut album recently released by The Flenser), in favor of a more intimate singer-songwriter approach. While thematically related to his other work, dealing with subjects like suicide, death and the paranormal, ‘Giles Corey’ feels more personal than anything else in his oeuvre. Oscillating between quiet desperation and cathartic outbursts, ‘Giles Corey’ is dark but also purgative. It is in many ways like a religious experience and certainly not for the frail of heart. The accompanying book is an integral part of the album. Its examinations of the life and times of cult leader Robert Voor parallel the themes within the lyrics and offer further immersion for the reflective listener.
In Dan Barrett’s own words (written upon the album's original 2011 release):
“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.”'
‘Giles Corey’ is offered as a double LP deluxe box-set limited to 2000 copies. Each record is contained within thick printed inner-sleeves and the accompanying book is held within a block of foam."
01. The Haunting Presence
02. Blackest Bile
03. Grave Filled With Books
04. Empty Churches
05. I'm Going To Do It
06. Spectral Bride
07. No One Is Ever Going To Want Me
08. Sleeping Heart
09. Buried Above Ground