Location: Tunbridge Wells. Marky D , Mar 15, Gavaxeman , Alexlotl , Dave Gilmour's Cat and 2 others like this. Location: England. Location: Bristol, UK. Well it's another washout for boot sales and it looks like there's a chance they might be cancelled by the government so my vinyl and CD bargain hunting looks like it may be completely curtailed for the year.
I guess I might have to start visiting all those charity shops on my doorstep. Dubmart , Mar 15, Location: Berkshire. I'm so glad to be able to own it finally! Kevin Kaos. Matthew Amundsen.
Redrick Schuhart. Jay Pee Bee. Jeremy Thompson. Joshua Stephens. Adam Paul. Madison Kallisti. Little Shadow. Robert Saint James. TaKashi MuraKami. Micah Hintz. Gavino Mariano Mura. Deryk Thomas. Maximilian Spiegel. However, this mostly acoustic album is full of surprises and guest vocalists.
The first interesting thing that distinguishes this album from the many other Current 93 albums is the appearance of the Charles Wesley poem "Idumea" not just once, but 8 different and distinct times through the 21 tracks on this album. Each version of the poem is sung by different singers and each version is completely different from the other.
The use of these various artists breath life and variety into the overall album, and, interestingly enough, the use and re-use of this poem never gets tiring. In fact they help break up the crazed vocals of Tibet. As far as the other tracks on the album, most are sung by Tibet.
Tibet's vocals are very clear this time around, which is not always the case on other albums. Most of these tracks are mellow and acoustic, but some are quite intense as Tibet's lyrics and vocals become more frantic at times. You get quite a variety of beautiful and also scathing tracks. Interspersed among these tracks are the different versions of "Idumea" but also other tracks that are sung by other artists.
Most of the tracks are short, usually around the 3? This one is not listed as such, but is actually a 2 part track, the first half being Tibet in his most frantic voice which turns quite chaotic before it goes into the second part being a minimal section with the soft vocals of Cosey Fanni Tutti.
Since most of the tracks are acoustic, having the guest vocalists contribute to variety and dynamic of the album. Overall, the feeling is quite minimal as far as instrumentation goes and there is hardly any percussion present on any of the tracks. This solidifies "Current 93"s foothold in the prog-folk genre. On their earlier albums, the project was not yet sure about which path they wanted to follow, so at times, you got some very heavy and loud Post black metal sounding tracks, but as time went on, it became more folk oriented.
But, in actuality, you never really know what to expect from this neo-folk project. It pretty much was decided by Tibet's whimsy. This music is not for everybody, that is for sure. Yes it is prog folk, for the most part, but there are always elements of avant- prog throughout the music. The music is dark, and it is often dissonant and disturbing. This album is no exception.
There are many times things can get intense and noisy. This is not your Father's folk. It is daring and it is unsettling. It is also innovative. It is completely driven by a mix of folk and prog elements. The rest of the album is pretty swell, at least for what it is a lot of mood and little in the way of "radio friendliness". Lament For My Suzanne is sufficiently cosmic and eerie, Passing Horses has David whispering like a speech-impaired boogeyman to a haunted house backdrop, and Anyway, People Die is the very sound of the abyss swirling all around us.
And hey, what is a Current 93 release without another spin on Fields of Rape this take is called "Sightless Return", which is the path Ray Charles takes back to summer camp- ha. Reminds me more of Enya covering the original Death In June version than the nightmarish dash through Satan's bowels that David tortured us with on the Dogs Blood Rising album. Fields of Rape and Smoke is, if I remember correctly, a super-slow foreign language variation. If you like the coldness and oh-so-Scandinavian feel of Ulver's electronic phase, then this is right up your alley.
Take that and fly in David Tibet's seemingly inexhaustible love of all things dark and mystical, and you're left with a C93 album so powerful in its first six tracks, you won't even care that three toward the end are utterly embarrassing. As a side note, you should probably grab this if you see it, if for no other reason than its status as an extremely pricey rarity. Recommended: Yes Sources: www. An ice cold recording that is less diabolical than it's satanic predecessors.
At times it does get a bit silly and pretentious when you consider how overtly serious it sounds. The lyrics are, as usual, without hope - where man is destined to eternal damnation with no hope of re-birth. Portent of doom David Tibet makes sure of that with his willfully obfuscating lyrics. Quite frankly, the whole album can be quite upsetting if you're not in the right mood for it. It could quite easily put you in a complete downer for the whole day. It did to me when I listened to this and 'Imperium' back to back whilst cycling to work a few weeks ago.Biography Current 93 is for all intents and purposes the artistic vehicle for one person and his poetry, David Tibet. Surrounding himself with an ever-changing crop of musicians, David Tibet has become one of the key figures in the British musical underground of the last twenty-plus years, often seen as part of a triptych of like-minded musical travelers, along with friends and .