An Album About Dying With Your Family was apparently a temporary release by Richard Ringer. Ephemeral and passive aggressive, the lifespan and nature of the album came and went like a daydream on the highway through the long stretches of corn fields and ice on the way to anything other than where he started.
Whether it was drinking with ghosts or making friends and family into them with the tender lullabies and rave-ups, Ringer’s newest collection hovers even higher and more confident than Creepster Freakster, an earlier journey through his American odyssey.
Like the best things in life, An Album About Dying With Your Family either reflects the dream world onto you or absorbs you into one. The album has disappeared from his bandcamp page. Maybe I’ve been driving too long through the empty spaces of Kansas trying to find life or a way out. Maybe I never drove through Kansas. Maybe I’ve never left. Maybe one can never leave something as empty as it was before s/he arrived. Maybe there wasn’t a Kansas anywhere on the album. Who knows? Maybe there is a surprise to come.