Thomas Ragsdale returns to This Is It Forever with a bittersweet EP made up entirely of treated guitar and piano recordings. Recorded at his home studio in Manchester each track features the exact same elements only arranged and treated differently. Inspired originally by the especially heartbreaking passing of Reverend John Graham aka Araucaria The Guardians beloved crossword maker in 2013 Ragsdale set out to record some music in tribute. He became fascinated with Grahams life and work and especially the devotion he instilled in his followers who were told the news of his condition through clues in his final puzzle. Initially a oneoff project the EP was shelved to allow work on Ragsdales soundtrack album Bait but after reopening the work once more after the album had been released the music took on a more personal tone as a sudden death in his family prompted him to colour the music with his own experiences. In what is Ragsdale's first body of work not attached to a film or television project Dear Araucaria will be released on specially made cassette tape packages complete with vintage matchbox with dried flowers and wrapped in white lace. The artwork features the ultimate tribute: a crossword printed on a postcard with nostalgic clues to decipher the track titles.