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Pretty, Eerie, Affecting

There are not too many things I have to say about this album, which is actually not a negative in this case. It is an immaculate recording of two live concerts, and is exemplary of the minimal, mainly acoustic period that spanned from 1997 (post-Inmost Light) to 2005 (pre-Black Ships Ate The Sky), heavy on piano with mild electric guitar and various acoustic instruments (cello, flute, etc.); This core band is complemented/augmented in the second set with various loops, drones and electronic effects supplied (most likely - uncredited) by Nurse With Wound's Steven Stapleton. The first set is the calmer of the two, almost static in dynamic yet moving and graceful. The song choices are primarily on the folky side, and despite being drawn from various (and varied) albums is surprisingly unified. The latter set, while equally solid and even more diverse, is quite different in tone; It replaces the quiet melancholy of the first one with an air of repressed menace, provided dually by the lyrically dour choice of songs (the two earliest, "Alone" [1985] and "Falling Back In Fields Of Rape" [c.1983], being the bleakest) and Stapleton's brooding treatments, ranging from the subliminal ("All the World Makes Great Blood") to the monolithic ("The Inmost Light Itself"). All in all, though, a very mellow release, and a beautiful one. One strange final note: The intro to the second set, a sort of protracted version/excerpt of the infamous early piece "Maldoror Is Dead", is credited on the official Current 93 website to !!! (yes, the one that goes by "chk-chk-chk").... Why, we'll probably never know.


Formed: 1983 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

With a glut of industrial-pop hybrids on the market in the 1980s and '90s, several bands stayed true to the experimental nature of early industrial music. The Psychic TV axis alone spawned many creative artists, including Current 93's David Tibet, who blends Gothic chanting and haunting atmospherics with industrial noisescapes courtesy of tape loops and synthesizers. Though Tibet doesn't quite have bandmates, he frequently works with a core of collaborators including ex-Psychic TV compatriot John...
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