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The Caretaker and Boomkat donate proceeds from Take Care, It's A Desert Out There in memory of Mark Fisher

100 per cent of sales from the release have been given to charity in honour of the late writer

In memory of Mark Fisher, Leyland Kirby aka The Caretaker has donated all the money he made from the sales of his album Take Care, It’s A Desert Out There, to the mental health charity MIND in Suffolk; in addition Boomkat has given over the fees it earned for selling the record.

Released in honour of the late music writer, cultural theorist and blogger K-Punk who died on 13 January 2017, Take Care, It’s A Desert Out There was initially given to everyone who went to The Caretaker’s London Barbican performance in December that year. The remaining 400 copies were then put on sale.

Mark, who in 2005 wrote extensive sleevenotes for The Caretaker’s Theoretically Pure Anterograde Amnesia, was instrumental in coining the term hauntology, a concept that has resonated deeply in The Caretaker’s works, as well as those of artists such as Ghost Box.

A major anthology of Mark Fisher's writings is set for publication by Repeater Books in late 2018. Edited by Darren Ambrose, with a foreword by Simon Reynolds, the anthology will feature a selection of pieces spanning his early K-Punk blog posts through to later writings about the phenomenon Mark termed acid communism.

You can listen to Take Care, It’s A Desert Out There below.