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THE ARYAN AQUARIANS: MEET THEIR WATERLOO

Current 93

 

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TCat
2 stars This album was supposed to be a joke. David Tibet, the one constant with the band Current 93, traveled to Belgium and hooked up with some people with the same "beliefs" that he had. They brought in plenty of alcohol and drugs, and came up with this album. David actually apologized to fans that bought this record saying that we was sorry it was such a poor album. He says he remembers very little about the recording of the album, because he was so high and that somebody else had control over everything, all he had to do was sing for a few of the tracks. Hilmarsson, who was also involved with the project, said that they sat around talking about some of the best rock bands, and then decided to create an album "replete with pompous songtitles and bogus mysticism".

So, this isn't a Current 93 album, per se, but it is attributed to the band because of David Tibet's involvement. You can't really say whether it's in Current 93's style, because their style is always changing. The only things constant about the band is David Tibet and usually the subject matter, which has to do with mysticism and the like. The album is 32 minutes long, so it's closer to an EP than a full album.

"Cry Cry Cry", starts out with shouting from the band members, then a constant repeating start/stop rhythm and some atmospheric keyboards and guitar. Tibet then sings some ridiculous lyrics, though the vocals themselves aren't too annoying, they sound quite typical of Tibet. The percussion follows the same pattern throughout, and the general sound doesn't change much.

"My Secret Gardener" features lead vocals with Niki Mono. The feel of the track is a jazz/swing style with a country flair with nice vocals, some sung, some spoken. Again, the lyrics are sarcastic and silly.

The third track is "Bugs Bunny at Waterloo". Again you get a repeating beat that almost sounds programmed, but it's not. There are a lot of "orchestra hits" done by the syths, and a guitar improvising on top of it all. The melody has a mid-eastern mystical feel to it with the crazy background going on behind it. After a while, keyboards take over the melody with the guitar playing sustained notes, and then the original pattern returns. This is all instrumental and probably lies somewhere between krautrock and space rock with those silly "synth hits" going on.

"Dangerous" starts out in a wandering way with the band saying "Dangerous" in a monotone over and over. Soon a straightforward beat comes along and then everyone starts mumbling at the same time, saying completely different things. The only time they come together is to repeat the track title. The guitar has a nice lilt to it, but the song is quite ridiculous and goes absolutely nowhere until someone starts screaming out at the end.

"Desperado" is an instrumental and sounds almost like an old James Bond song with a straightforward rhythm and a strong bass line. The keyboards have that mysterious sound to them, but they sound dated.

"The Aryan Aquarians' Theme" is actually quite funny on the first listen and you hear exactly what they meant when they said "bogus mysticism". It sounds like they were making fun of the mysticism movement of the late 60s, early 70s when everyone thought they were on some kind of spiritual journey. This is very "Jefferson Airplane" sounding, but working as sarcasm instead of "seriousness". At least I hope so, because if this is serious, then it's really, really bad.

Like I said, Tibet apologized for this album. Yeah, it's kind of funny in one listen, because of the fun they are poking at the spiritual hippy movements, but it wears out quite quickly. For the most part, the songs don't really go anywhere once they start up, they just establish a rhythm and then expand on it quickly and then waste time for the rest of the track. I wouldn't bother with it much, it's not easy to find, and should only appeal to completionists or collectors.

TCat | 2/5 |

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