Current 93


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Nature Unveiled, 7.5/10
Live At Bar Maldoror, 6.5/10
Dogs Blood Rising, 7/10
In Menstrual Night, 5/10
Dawn, 5/10
Imperium, 6.5/10
Christ And The Pale Queens Mighty In Sorrow, 5.5/10
Swastikas For Noddy, 6/10
Earth Covers Earth, 5/10
Island, 6.5/10
Thunder Perfect Mind, 6/10
Of Ruine Or Some Blazing Starre, 4.5/10
All The Pretty Little Horses, 6/10
In A Foreign Town In A Foreign Land, 5/10
Soft Black Stars, 6/10
Calling For Vanished Faces, 8/10 (comp)
Sleep Has His House, 5/10
Faust, 6.5/10
The Great In The Small, 5/10
Bright Yellow Moon, 5/10
How He Loved The Moon (2005), 3/10
Black Ships Ate The Sky (2006), 6/10
Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain (2009), 5/10
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Summary

David Tibet's project, Current 93, that often employed Nurse With Wound's Steve Stapleton, Coil's John Balance and/or 23 Skidoo's Fritz Haaman, centered on lugubrious ceremonies. Nature Unveiled (1984), the quintessence of Tibet's black masses, fusing mantra and Gregorian invocations, "unveiled" an ode to eternal suffering, a terrifying fresco of the Universal Judgement. His experiments on the human voice peaked with Dogs Blood Rising (1985), another sonic puzzle aimed at creating sinister atmospheres. Tibet's new course was announced by Imperium (1987), a suite of sepulchral elegies imbued of themes from medieval Christianity, set to the usual sound of hell, and embellished with instruments of the Renaissance. This bard of apocalyptic folk ballads that were not particularly musical until Island (1991) reversed direction and adopted slick and moving arrangements. David Tibet's pagan acoustic folk (reminiscent of the Incredible String Band), that hardly related to his beginnings, would become a genre in its own.


Bio

David Tibet was perhaps the macabre priest of the most imposing occult rituals in the history of rock music. A member of Nurse With Wound and of Psychic TV, in 1982 he founded Current 93, a collective inspired to guru Aleister Crowley's ceremonies of sexual magic ("The 93rd Current" is the definition of the Thelema cult). His main collaborators were Steve Stapleton ( Nurse With Wound , John Balance (Coil), and Fritz Haaman (23 Skidoo).

The suites compiled on the cassette Live At Bar Maldoror (Laylah, 1983) costitute an early sinister peak of Current 93's satanic saga. The 19-minute Alone Into The Alone keeps mixing and remixing infernal screaming and thundering electronics, distorted and reverbed through galactic space, occasionally reminiscent of Diamanda Galas and Karlheinz Stockhausen. The 23-minute Only Shadows Of Hooks is a darker and more static piece that pivots around a loop of monk-like vocals.

At the same time Current 93 released the EP Ekki Er Allt Gull and the cassette of his friend Tiny Tim. The EP Lashtal (Laylah, 1983), dedicated to the experiments that Crawley performed in Sicily, was a sort of ideological manifesto.

Nature Unveiled (Laylah, 1984) is the quintessential black mass of Current 93, an album that would remain a reference standard for the future of esoteric music. The 25-minute Ach Golgota opens with a monk choir and then rapidly dissolves into warped spacetime. Tibet coins an electronic music for otherworldly voices in which electronic dissonance fuses mantra-like, Gregorian-like and theatrical invocations. The 20-minute The Mystical Body Of Christ In Chorazaim opens with symphonic and choral music. Here the voices accumulate and prevail over the invocations, and the sense of the electronic poem is a macabre journey through a hell overflowing with damned souls, These two lengthy pieces constitute an infernal hymn to the Anti-Christ, to universal perdition and to a sacrilegeous apocalypse; an ode to eternal grief; a musical fresco of the universal judgment.

Tibet further delved into vocal experimentation on Dogs Blood Rising (Laylah, 1985). Christus Christus is another vortex a` la Diamanda Galas, while the 15-minute Falling Back In Fields Of Rape uses musique concrete as a counterpoint to Tibet's expressionist kammerspiel. The infernal liturgy ventures into the dark and angst-filled caverns of the 14-minute Raio No Terrasu (the peak of pathos), evoking a population of damned, priests, demons and prophets and children, all of them deformed and disfigured by the reverbs and the electronic noise.

Tibet also recorded concerts under the moniker Dogs Blood Order, as documented on 93 Presents Dogs Blood Order (Durtro, 1997).

David Tibet e` il tetro sacerdote dei piu` imponenti rituali di occultismo e misticismo della storia del rock. Membro dei Nurse With Wound e degli Psychic TV, nel 1982 ha fondato i Current 93, un collettivo che si ispira ai cerimoniali di magia sessuale del guru Aleister Crowley ("The 93rd Current" e` la definizione della religione Thelema). I principali partecipanti sono Steve Stapleton ( Nurse With Wound , John Balance (Coil), e Fritz Haaman (23 Skidoo).

Le suite Alone Into Alone e Only Shadows Of Hooks, sulla cassetta Live At Bar Maldoror (Laylah, 1983), costituiscono un primo sinistro vertice della saga satanica dei Current 93.

Nello stesso periodo uscirono il 12" Ekki Er Allt Gull e la cassetta dell'amico Tiny Tim. L'EP Lashtal (Laylah, 1983), dedicato agli esperimeni di magia sessuale che Crawley compi` in Sicilia, funse da manifesto ideologico.

Tibet esegui` alcuni concerti con il nome Dogs Blood Order, le cui registrazioni vedranno la luce su Current 93 Presents Dogs Blood Order (Durtro, 1997).

Nature Unveiled (Laylah, 1984) e` la quintessenza della messa nera dei Current 93, un disco che stabilisce uno standard di riferimento per tutto il rock esoterico del futuro. The Mystical Body Of Christ In Chorazaim e soprattutto Ach Golgota compongono un inno infernale all'Anti-Cristo, alla perdizione universale e all'apocalisse sacrilega, una sinfonia per voci d'oltretomba che fonde invocazioni mantra e gregoriane in un concentrato di perversione, un macabro excursus in gironi infernali rigurgitanti di dannati, un'ode al dolore eterno, un affresco spaventoso del Giudizio Universale.

Dogs Blood Rising (Laylah, 1985), forte di uno sperimentalismo canoro ancor piu` pronunciato, affonda senza reticenze nelle catacombe della musica occulta. Il cerimoniale si sgretola in un lugubre magma di voci filtrate e di rumori elettronici, squarciato da improvvise esplosioni di violenza alla Diamanda Galas. La liturgia infernale procede per quadri "horror" di inaudita ferocia e malvagita`: nei vortici buii e angosciosi di Falling Back In Fields Of Rape e soprattutto di Raio No Terrasu rivolvono dannati, sacerdoti, demoni, profeti e bambini, tutti deformati e sfigurati dai riverberi e dalle alternanze dell'elettronica.

Tibet e` il principale animatore dell'elettronica "nera". Fra tante ingenuita` sensazionaliste, a lui si deve la scoperta dell'elettronica come idioma dell'occulto.

The arrangements became luxuriant, and less poignant, with Killkillkilly, off the EP Nightmare Culture (Layla, 1986), and with the two suites of In Menstrual Night (United Dairies, 1986), basically a collaboration with Steve Stapleton. The cacophonous Sucking Up Souls has no music as such: just operatic soprano, cryptic female prayers, children's nursery rhymes, whispers, etc. The percussive To Feed The Moon sounds like a child's remix of a Talking Heads hit.

Dawn (Mimort, 1987) was a sterile summary of loop and collage techniques. It includes an 18-minute version of Maldoror Is Dead and a rather trivial 14-minute Great Black Time (a festival of church bells that is slowly transformed into the extremely dissonant background for a girl singing in a medieval style and for an old Mamas & Papas hit).

A new phase de facto began with Imperium (Maldoror, 1987), a collection of sepulchral elegies recited against the usual noise-infernal background. Imperium is a 22-minute hissed poem in four movements that is permeated with the lugubrious themes of medieval Christianity and is decorated with audio icons (flutes, lutes), of the Renaissance (first movement), languid cosmic electronics (second movement), distorted drones (third movement) and just acoustic guitar (fourth movement). There is very little to redeem the rest: the ten-minute Locust wastes a synthetic disco beat; the nine-minute Or only features some tenuous metallic keyboards and sparse booming percussion; and the seven-minute Alone only has a heartbeat of synthesizers. The skeletal arrangements are too little to balance the verbose and un-musical super-ego of Tibet.

The 1987-88 releases are confused and amateurish. The artist seems to be drunk with his own doctrine while unable of articulate it in music. Christ And The Pale Queens Mighty In Sorrow (Maldoror, 1988) included the nine-minute recitation with piano Forever Changing (one of the most tedious recitations of the era) and The Ballad of the Pale Christ (a simple guitar-based folk rant). David Tibel clearly overestimated the value of his lyrics. These lengthy pieces were repetitive like medieval Inquisition torture. Their only reason to exist was the lyrics. The setting and the progress of the 20-minute Christ and the Pale Queens Mighty in Their Sorrow could be intriguing if it didn't last so long, because this time Tibet's pointless recitation floats in a cloud of otherworldly female voices while gentle electronic whistles battle horrible industrial clangor. The CD version includes the single with the ten-minute Breath And Pain Of God (1988), a much more haunting piece: subliminal electronic drones, distant nun-like singing, fluctuating bass lines, bells and rattles, The Mighty in Sorrow appended to the CD is merely an 18-minute repetition of the same chord (over and over again).
The single Crowleymass (Layla) sounds like a sarcastic parody of the followers of the prophet set to a cabaret-ish synth-pop style. The blaspheme EP Happy Birthday Pigface Christus is released as a Christmas record.

Swastikas For Noddy (Laylah, 1987) completed the regression towards the brief song format, despite the guests included HoH (Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson, ex Psychic TV) and Boyd Rice (aka Non). Oh Coal Black Smith sounds like an amateurish imitation of Nick Cave's sermons. Tibet wears the hat of the pub folksinger in Black Flowers Please and Stair Song, boasting an emphasis to rival David Peel's, a style that peaks with the eight-minute demented singalong Beausoleil. There is a lot more singing and often inspired by religious chants of various cultures (Benediction, Blessing, Panzer Rune).

La produzione si fa elefantiaca, e meno pregnante, con Killkillkilly, sull'EP Nightmare Culture (Layla, 1986), e i mediocri e ripetitivi In Menstrual Night (United Dairies, 1986), condizionato dalla presenza dell'amico Steve Stapleton (spartito fra la cacofonica Sucking Up Souls e la percussiva To Feed The Moon)

Dawn (Mimort, 1987) fu uno sterile riepilogo delle tecniche di loop e di collage, comprendente una versione di Maldoror Is Dead e una meccanica Great Black Time.

Una nuova fase ha infatti inizio con Imperium (Maldoror, 1987), una raccolta di elegie sepolcrali recitate sul solito sfondo rumoristico-infernale, un poema musicale in quattro movimenti suggestionato dai temi lugubri del cristianesimo medievale e immerso in climi da song elisabettiana, fra flauti e liuti, anche se ancora molto "sintetico".

Nel 1987 escono lavori confusi e approssimativi, in cui l'uomo sembra tanto invasato della propria dottrina quanto incapace di articolarla musicalmente. Il bizzarro album Christ And The Pale Queens Mighty In Sorrow (Maldoror) e il singolo Breath And Pain Of God sono opere minori di una carriera minore. Crowleymass (Layla, 1987) e` una sarcastica presa in giro dei seguaci del profeta all'insegan di un synth-pop da cabaret. L'EP blasfemo Happy Birthday Pigface Christus esce come strenna natalizia alla fine dell'anno.

Swastikas For Noddy (Laylah, 1987) completa l'involuzione verso la canzone normale di tre minuti, nonostante fra gli ospiti si contino HoH (Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson, ex Psychic TV) e Boyd Rice (alias Non). Black Flowers Please, Stair Song e Oh Coal Black Smith sono quelle che rimarranno in repertorio.

Abandoning the horror overtones of his "industrial" phase, Tibet underwent a cathartic process that harked back to the pagan roots of his land. The mini-album Earth Covers Earth (United Dairies, 1988 - Free Porcupine Society, 2005), the second installment of Tibet's "apocalyptic folk", featuring the guitars of Tony Wakeford (Sol Invictus) and Douglas P (Death In June), as well as the occasional vocals of Rose MacDowell, conjured folk-rock ballads sung as if the end of the world was rapidly approaching: Rome for Douglas P, Hourglass for Diana (yet another recitation with guitar and violin, that the violin crescendo almost makes listenable), and especially the oneiric Earth Covers Earth. The CD version adds She Is Dead And All Fall Down, another amazingly static litany, the paradisiac The Blue Gates Of Death - Before And Beyond Them, whose main accompaniment is a girl's singalong, and the fearful 20-minute musique-concrete poem The Dreammoves Of The Sleeping King (finally some action),

The two works of apocalyptic folk bridged the (apparently dramatic) gap between the exoteric commune of the 1980s and the hippy commune of the 1960s (foremost among them, the Incredible String Band), and, musically, bridged the gap between electronic industrial music of the 1980s and chamber folk music of the 1960s.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Claudia Parma)

Tralasciate le armonie a tinte fortissime della sua “fase” industriale, Tibet subì un processo catartico che lo ricatapultò alle radici pagane della sua terra. Il mini-album Earth Covers Earth (United Dairies, 1988 – Free Porcupine Society, 2005), seconda parte della saga “folk apocalittica” di Tibet, che vanta le collaborazioni alla chitarra di Tony Wakeford (Sol Invictus) e Douglas P. (Death in June) e occasionalmente alla voce di Rose MacDowell, evocava nelle ballate folk-rock una fine del mondo quantomai prossima (She Is Dead And All Fall Down, Hourglass, il singolo Horsey). Questi due lavori riempirono il vuoto (apparentemente incolmabile) fra la comune esoterica degli anni 80 e quella hippy degli anni 60 (al centro l’Incredibile String Band) e musicalmente abbatté ciò che separava la musica elettronica industriale degli anni 80  da quella cameristica folk degli anni 60.

Now that they moved away from the magical atmospheres of the early days, Current 93 were little more than the vehicle for the acoustic pagan folk of David Tibet.

After a hiatus of three years, nonetheless filled with bootlegs, compilations and live albums, in 1991 Tibet increased the number of Scandinavian collaborators (besides HoH) on Island (United Diaries, 1991), a euphoric endorsement of mainstream production methods that Tibet attempted to wed with his dreamy folk music. The fusion of tribal drumming, floating strings and interlocking female chants in Falling evoked a marriage of Peter Gabriel and Nick Cave. The hypnotic and lulling The Dream Of A Shadow Of Smoke boasts a tinkling arrangement from which an elegant female choir soars (possibly the most melodic moment of his career). The delicate neoclassical madrigal Fields Of Rape boasts pure suspense and ecstasy (possibly the most touching moment of his career). The shimmering keyboards, plantive violin and the multitracked voices of Oh Merry-Go-Round pen a moving requiem. Tibet's theater sounds far more assured and gripping here: he recites his visions in the glacial dissonant soundscape of Lament For My Suzanne, amid the emphatic orchestral and choral sounds of Passing Horses over the agonizing drones and rumbles of Anyway People Die, over the polyrhythmic tribal beats and minimalist keyboards of The Fall Of Christopher Robin. Then out of the blue Tibet jumps on a disco stage for the seven-minute Crowleymass Unveiled, which belongs to synth-pop of the 1980s, and even launches in the exotic lounge dance of Paperback Honey. By the end of the album, Tibet has become a real bard, not just a (mediocre) actor: Fields Of Rape and Oh Merry-Go-Round rank with the best songs of any genre in that year.

Thunder Perfect Mind (Durtro, 1992 - Jnana, 2005), featuring Stapleton but not HoH, features humbler tunes inspired by ancient styles: the medieval-inspired The Descent Of Long Satan And Babylon, the baroque and dancing A Song For Douglas After He's Dead, the gentle ancestral A Sadness Song, and the angelic polka-like When The May Rain Comes. Some of them are now "too" humble: Tibet sings (as opposed to reciting) but there is too little to sustain the atmosphere (just acoustic guitar and a few seconds of orchestral instruments). The bard is anthemic in In The Heart Of The Wood And What I Found There, one of the shortest songs and probably the best. He returns to his demonic pub-inspired recitation only in the nine-minute All The Stars Are Dead Now (overlong and verbose like its predecessors of previous years). The 16-minute Hitler As Kalki for guitar, violin and flute ideally belongs to another album: a raga-folk-jazz-rock jam that blurs the border between Neil Young and It's A Beautiful Day.
The lyrics shy away from the extreme occultism of Current 93's beginnings and reach out for a confused Christian heretic ideology but ultimately a more positive vision of the world.

Emblems (Durtro, 1993) is a career anthology.

Tibet gave a follow-up to Thunder with Of Ruine Or Some Blazing Starre (Durtro, 1994), but this one is dominated by elegies that have no singing and virtually no music development, just tedious recitation against a backdrop of faux Renaissance music (Steven And I In The Field Of Stars, the seven-minute The Teeth Of The Winds Of The Sea A denser arrangement and a hint of chanting surface in Moonlight You Will Say and The Great, Bloody And Bruised Veil Of The World but it's way too little. At the other end of the spectrum, the seven-minute The Cloud Of Unknowing virtually abolishes the accompaniment, leaving only a trace of droning electronics and tinkling instruments.

The mini-album Lucifer Over London (Durtro, 1994) was the first work to betray a bit of anger and passion, while returning to infernal themes.

The Fire of the Mind (Durtro, 1994) is soundtrack music for James Low's recitations.

The mini-album Where The Long Shadows Fall (Durtro, 1995), containing the haunting 19-minute Where The Long Shadows Fall for looped female chants and sparse guitar chords (ruined by Tibet's usual recitation), started the trilogy of Inmost Light. Its second part was the album All The Pretty Little Horses (Durtro, 1996), that leveraged his confused career by bringing together his experience with both avantgarde music and chamber folk music. All The Pretty Little Horsies and The Bloodbells Chime basically offer a more evocative and touching version of the spoken-word elegies of Of Ruine. The street folksinger resurfaces briefly in This Carnival Is Dead And Gone. Unfortunately, the eight-minute The Frolic is more of Of Ruine's tedious ruotine. Only the eight-minute Twilight Twilight Nihil Nihil abandons all pretensions and delves into a demonic whirlwind of droning noise and mangled voices. A zenith of pathos is achieved in the nine-minute The Inmost Light Itself that substitutes musique concrete (mainly a collage of children's voices) for the Renaissance music of Ruine, and whose finale is truly harrowing (the children are enveloped and taken away by a wind of otherworldly chants).

The mediocre mini-album The Starres Are Marching Sadly Home (Durtro, 1996) closed the trilogy.

The triple-CD Inmost Light Trilogy (Jnana, 2006) collects the entire trilogy: Where The Long Shadows Fall, All The Pretty Little Horses, The Starres Are Marching Sadly Home.

Lontani dalle morbose atmosfere magiche dei primi tempi, i Current 93 di questi anni sono semplicemente il veicolo espressivo per il folk pagano acustico di David Tibet.

Dopo uno iato di tre anni, peraltro fitti di bootleg, antologie e album dal vivo, nel 1991 Tibet aumenta il numero di collaboratori scandinavi (oltre a HoH) e registra Island (United Diaries, 1991), un euforico revival dei metodi di produzione della psichedelia degli anni '60, che Tibet tenta di sposare al suo trasognato canzoniere (The Dream Of A Shadow Of Smoke e Lament For My Suzanne).

La lunga suite psichedelica Hitler As Kalki su Thunder Perfect Mind (Durtro, 1992 - Jnana, 2005), apre cosi` una nuova stagione. Con Stapleton e senza HoH, Tibet indovina due delle sue migliori cantilene, A Song For Douglas After He's Dead e All The Stars Are Dead Now. E` un improvviso cambiamento di rotta nella carriera incostante di questo confuso personaggio che si presenta sempre piu` come il trait d'union fra l'Incredible String Band e i Legendary Pink Dots.

Emblems (Durtro, 1993) e` un'antologia curata da Stapleton.

La lunga e monotona cerimonia pubblica di Tibet prosegue con Of Ruine Or Some Blazing Starre (Durtro, 1994), fedele seguito di Thunder, e con il minialbum Lucifer Over London (Durtro, 1994), il primo a tradire un minimo di rabbia e passione e a tornare ai temi infernali.

The Fire of the Mind (Durtro, 1994) e` invece la musica di sottofondo per le recite di tale James Low.

Come se non bastasse, con il mini-album Where The Long Shadows Fall (Durtro, 1995) ha inizio la trilogia di Inmost Light, continuata da All The Pretty Little Horses (Durtro, 1996), che e` una delle opere piu` compiute della maturita`, o perlomeno quella in cui Tibet mette a frutto tanto i suoi trascorsi nella musica d'avanguardia quanto la sua stagione di folksinger (The Frolic, la paurosa Twilight Twilight Nihil Nihil, The Inmost Light Itself). Il mini-album The Starres Are Marching Sadly Home (Durtro, 1996) conclude la trilogia in tono minore.

The triple-CD Inmost Light Trilogy (Jnana, 2006) collects the entire trilogy: Where The Long Shadows Fall, All The Pretty Little Horses, The Starres Are Marching Sadly Home.

In A Foreign Town In A Foreign Land (Durtro, 1997) is the soundtrack for the lyrics of Thomas Ligotti. The four extended pieces display Tibet's most subliminal skills.

Tibet has become a sophisticated chansonnier and proves his subtlety first on the EP A Gothic Love Song (Durtro, 1998) and then on the album Soft Black Stars (Durtro, 1998), a cycle of piano lieder (mostly spoken-word) accompanied by strings and winds, perhaps his most minimal work. The author of the music is actually long-time collaborator Micheal Cashmore of Nature And Organisation.

Calling For Vanished Faces (Durtro, 1999) is a double-disc career retrospective.

Sleep Has His House (Durtro, 2000) includes Tibet's tribute to his late father, the requiem Sleep Has His House, which is just 24 minutes of tragic drones, looped over and over again, with some dejected mumbling by Tibet. Alas, the rest of the collection is devoted to Tibet's favorite format: monotonous (and often pompous) spoken-word art with Renaissance-style accompaniment. The only piece worth mentioning is the eight-minute The Magical Bird In The Magical Woods because of its surreal instrumental coda. (To prove the sincerity of his grief, Tibet released the album as a limited-edition, super-expensive, colored-vynil collectors' version...)

Tibet finally returned to the malefic grandeur of Nature Unveiled with his soundtrack for the Faust (Durtro, 2000). The 36-minute piece is basically a two-part collage of electronically-treated voices, a welcome change from Tibet's tedious recitations. No Renaissance music, no rhythm, just voices floating weight-less in space.

Tibet summarized his career with a gigantic collage of all of the Current 93 albums, The Great In The Small (Durtro, 2001), certainly a first (albeit a grotesque one) in the history of music.

Tibet almost died in the summer of 2000 and Bright Yellow Moon (Durtro, 2001), officially a collaboration between Current 93 and Nurse With Wound, was meant to be the "soundtrack" of that experience. Stapleton's hell seems to prevail over Tibet's purgatory in expressinistic collages like Mothering Sunday (possibly the standout) while Tibet pours his heart in the lunar ballads Nichts, Butterfly Drops and Walking Like Shadow. The collaboration is most awe-inspiring in the solemn requiem Disintegrate Blur 36 Page 03 (17 minutes), but the album overflows with filler and half-baked ideas. Tibet's apocalyptic folk is a bit of a jinx: as soon as he begins strumming his guitar and uttering pretentious (and terribly banal) lyrics in his drowsy (and terribly limited) voice, you know that the fun is over.

All Dolled Up and Cats Drunk On Copper are live albums.

In A Foreign Town In A Foreign Land (Durtro, 1997) is basically the soundtrack to a novella by horror writer Thomas Ligotti and marks a return to the bleak noise of early Current 93 albums.

The 40-minute suite Ares And Telos appeared on a split album with Nurse With Wound (Durtro, 2002).

A Little Menstrual Night Music (United Durtro, 2003) is a remix of In Menstrual Night.

Halo (Durtro, 2004) is a live album.

How He Loved The Moon (Beta-Lactam Ring, 2005) was introduced as a tribute to Coil's John Balance, although it simply contains four remixes of In Menstrual Night.

The double-cd How I Devoured Apocalypse Balloon (Durtro Jhana, 2005) documents live performances.

Judas As Black Moth (Castle, 2005) is a double-disc anthology of the "chamber" decade 1995-2004.

The first truly serious album by Current 93 since 2000, Black Ships Ate The Sky (Durtro, 2006) is built around eight versions of Charles Wesley's hymn Idumea (1763), each delivered by a different singer (Cosey Fanni Tutti, Will Oldham, Antony, Shirley Collins, Marc Almond, etc). Tibet's arrangements employ guitar (Michael Cashmore, Ben Chasny), cello (John Contreras), viola (William Breeze), harp, piano (Antony), harmonium and electronic keyboards; a display of lush orchestration not witnessed since the early 1990s. Marc Almond's Idum is reminiscent of spiritual songs, Will Oldham's Idum sounds like a requiem (almost a cappella), etc. The other songs of this sprawling album introduce quite a bit of variety. The apocalyptic tone of Tibet's sermons is diluted effectively in the psychedelic crescendo of Black Ships In The Sky, in the tragic cerimonial music of This Autistic Imperium Is Nihil Reich (one of the few occasions in which his passion for Renaissance music paid off), and especially in the quasi-metal maelstrom of Black Ships Ate The Sky (totally inusual in his career). It swings like a ghost trapped in an intermediate dimension between the charming eden of Bind Your Tortoise Mouth and the noisy purgatory of Vauvauvau (Black Ships in their Harbours).

The EP Inerrant Rays Of Infallible Sun (Neurot, 2006 - Durtro, 2006) is a split with stoner-metal group Om.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Claudia Parma)

In a Foreign Town In a Foreign Land (Durtro, 1997) fa da colonna sonora alla penna di Thomas Ligotti. I quattro brani mostrano le abilità più segrete di Tibet.

Tibet diventa chansonnier sofisticato e mostra la sua sagacia prima nell’EP A Gothic Love Song (Durtro, 1998) e successivamente nell’album Soft Black Star (Durtro, 1998), pianoforte e lieder (per lo più parlate), accompagnate da corde e fiati, probabilmente il suo lavoro più minimale. L’autore delle musiche è il collaboratore effettivo più collaudato Michael Cashmore dei Nature and Organisation.

Calling For Vanished Faces (Durtro, 1999) è un doppio cd, antologia dell’intera carriera dei Current 93.

Sleep Has His House (Durtro, 2000) include il tributo che Tibet rende al padre nel requiem di 23 minuti Sleep Has His House. La suite registra in realtà apici di commozione ma sarebbe stata più toccante anche concentrata in un quarto della sua durata. Pure il folk acustico ha i suoi limiti. Per comprovare la sincerità del proprio dolore, Tibet fa uscire l’album in edizione limitata, costosissima, in versione vinile ipercolorata da collezione.

Tibet torna infine all’onnipotenza malefica di Nature Unveiled nella colonna sonora per Faust (Durtro, 2000).

Tibet tira le somme della sua carriera nell’immenso collage di tutti gli album dei Current 93, The Great In The Small (Durtro, 2001), certamente primo esempio (sebbene grottesco) nella storia della musica.

Nell’estate 2000 Tibet quasi ci lasciò la pelle e Bright Yellow Moon (Durtro, 2001), ufficialmente collaborazione fra Current 93 e Nurse With Wound, volle essere “scenario” di quell’esperienza. L’inferno di Stapleton sembra prevalere sul purgatorio di Tibet in collages espressionisti, quali Mothering Sunday (forse il pezzo forte) mentre Tibet riversa la propria essenza nelle ballate lunari Nichts, Butterfly Drops e Walking Like Shadow. La sacralità reverenziale della collaborazione si esprime tutta nel requiem Disintegrate Blur 36 Page 03 (17 minuti), ma l’album trabocca di idee stucchevoli e sciocche.

Il folk apocalittico di Tibet ha il vago sapore del portatore di sventure: non appena accenna alla chitarra brani pretenziosi (e terribilmente banali) con voce soporifera (e alquanto stentata), in quel momento si sa che la festa è finita.

All Dolled Up e Cats Drunk On Copper sono album registrati live.

In A Foreign Town In A Foreign Land (Durtro, 1997) fa da sfondo alle pagine di letteratura horror di Thomas Ligotti e determina un ritorno al rumorismo desolato di inizio carriera dei Current 93.

La suite di 40 minuti Ares And Telos appare nello split realizzato con i Nurse With Wound (Durtro, 2002).

A Little Menstrual Night Music (United Durtro, 2003) è un remix di In Menstrual Night.

Halo (Durtro, 2004) è un live.

How He Loved The Moon (Beta-Lactam Ring, 2005) venne presentato come tributo a John Balance dei Coil, sebbene contenga semplicemente quattro remix di In Menstrual Night.

Il doppio cd How I Devoured Apocalypse Balloon (Durtro Jhana, 2005) documenta performances dal vivo.

Judas As Black Moth (Castle, 2005) è un’antologia in doppio cd del decennio “cameristico” 1995-2004.

Il primo album serio dei Current 93 dopo il 2000, Black Ship Ate The Sky (Durtro, 2006), è costruito attorno a otto differenti versioni dell’inno “Idumea” (1763) di Charles Wesley, ciascuna interpretata da una voce diversa (Cosey Fanni Tutti, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Anthony, Shirley Collins, Marc Almond, etc…). Gli arrangiamenti di Tibet contemplano chitarra (Michael Cashmore, Ben Chasny), violoncello (John Contreras), viola (William Breeze), arpa, pianoforte (Anthony), harmonium e tastiere, esempio di sontuosa orchestrazione che non si vedeva sin dai primi anni 90.

Il tono apocalittico dei sermoni di Tibet è diluito nel maelstrom quasi metal Black Ship Ate The Sky. Il fantasma è intrappolato in uno spazio intermedio fra l’eden meraviglioso di Blind Your Tortoise Mouth ed il purgatorio di suoni di Vauvauvau. 

L’EP Inerrant Rays of Infallibile Sun (Neurot, 2006 – Durtro, 2006) è uno split con gli stoner-metal OM.

Current 93's Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain (Dutro, 2009) represented a sudden incursion into rock music by a musician who had rarely displayed any appreciation for the history of the genre. Flanked by an army of collaborators (Steve Stapleton, James Blackshaw, Rickie Lee Jones, Andrew W.K. Chavez's Matt Sweeney, harpist Baby Dee), Tibet metamorphed into a rocker. The influence of Black Ship Ate The Sky is evident on the thundering eight-minute Invocation Of Almost the ten-minute Not Because The Fox Barks, and the eight-minute On Docetic Mountain (although the latter merely replaced Renaissance music with heavy-metal guitars but retained the tedious recitation of Of Ruine). Alas, he is no Lou Reed and no Neil Young.

Baalstorm Sing Omega (Coptic Cat, 2010) features Eliot Bates (oud, erbane and daf), James Blackshaw (12-string, slide and electric guitars, glockenspiel and voice), John Contreras (cello), Baby Dee (piano and Hammond organ), Andrew Liles (guitar, bass and electronics), Alex Nielson (drums and percussion), and sounds like a collective meditation on religious themes.

His passion for ancient heretic Christian mythology permeated Honeysuckle Aeons (Coptic Cat, 2011), a skeletal work that, unfortunately, focused mostly on Tibet's rants and not enough on the (much more intriguing) accompaniment of theremin and piano (Baby Dee).

Current 93's I Am the Last of All the Field That Fell - A Channel double featured These New Puritans's Jack Barnett on organ, James Blackshaw on bass, Ossian Brown on hurdy-gurdy, Nick Cave on vocals, Antony Hegarty on vocals, Reinier van Houdt on piano, Tony McPhee on guitrar, Comus' Jon Seagroatt on bass clarinet and flute, Carl Stokes on percussion, John Zorn on saxophone, etc.

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