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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