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Current 93


Prog Folk

4.52 | 18 ratings

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5 stars David Tibet of Current 93 is an artist prone to passing fixations which, for their duration, entirely permeate his work, and also is very open to collaborating with a wide variety of people. In the mid-to-late 1980s this almost took Current 93 down a very dark road, due to Tibet aligning with elements in the neofolk scene such as Douglas Pierce of Death In June, a man who if he isn't actually a neo-Nazi of a Strasserist, Ernst Rohm-supporting bent has done such a good job of masquerading as one it rather amounts to the same thing.

On Thunder Perfect Mind, however, his art turns in a more personal and reflective direction, revolving around his mystical conception of reality and firmly rebuking fascism such as on Hitler as Kalki (SDM), a song which takes a concept from mystical fascism and uses it to frame Hitler as the enemy of the cosmic pantheist sort of Christ that Tibet tends to support (and a song which is dedicated to his father, who fought Hitler in World War II). Even more cutting is the lament A Song for Douglas After He's Dead, a premortem eulogy for Doug Pierce whose message essentially boils down to "Douglas, I love you as a friend, but your obsession with Naziism has completely taken you over and you've hitched yourself to a bunch of ideas which have comprehensively failed".

Tibet marries his powerful lyrics to a powerfully melancholic neofolk style which slowly and gradually acquires more complexities and progressive twists as the album progresses, like a philosophical discourse in music which begins with simple axioms and then builds something greater and greater on that foundation, with Hitler as Kalki as the summit of that exploration (with A Sad Sadness Song/An Ending as an epilogue).

Tibet's lack of discretion in his choice of collaborators made me wary of his work for a while; I am inclined to agree with Strelnikiov of the Who Makes the Nazis? blog (a useful resource tracking the rise of fascist elements in the neofolk and martial industrial scenes) that rather than being an actual fascist himself Tibet is more "part naif, part charlatan and part public schoolboy narcissist" - but somehow he is able to create art which exceeds the sum of his parts.

Warthur | 5/5 |


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