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4 stars SPRING EQUINOX: MOON'S MILK OR UNDER AN UNQUIET SKULL is the first edition in the Season series of limited edition Equinox/Solstice releases by the bizarre experimental electronic act COIL. The first Season was originally released in 1998 on 7" vinyl and were limited to 1000 copies with both white and yellow vinyl. It was also released on CD and then repressed in 2001. This is a short but utterly bizarre EP that contains only two tracks and clocks in at 16:40. This Season along with the other three CD versions can all be found together on the compilation "Moon's Milk (In Four Phases)"

"Spring Equinox: Moon's Milk Or Under An Unquiet Skull (Part 1)" starts out with a ghostly "hello" being uttered and then fading out and then a haunting drone buzz electrifies the background with a church organ churning out some psychedelic classically infused keyboard runs. As the music loops around itself the tape slows down and speeds up sounding like a time travel experience with ripples in the space-time continuum hitting turbulent pockets of non-linearity. There are also some sort of spectral sounds overlapping the drone sound and bubble up to the surface and drop out again. This eldritch enigmatic worship of the first season is truly an anthem on display in tripper's paradise as the track undulates like an underwater tsunami seeking a coastal community to devastate

"Spring Equinox: Moon's Milk Or Under An Unquiet Skull (Part 2)" begins some violin strings being plucked but follows suit with a darkened drone fading in and out with shifting dynamics. While this second track sounds much like the first in terms of phantasmal awakenings of interdimensional beings bringing in the new season, this one has a sad and lachrymose violin that screeches and extracts the most eerie and mystifying soundscape. The drone is more subdued and there is an ambient keyboard haze frosting the preternaturalism and lazily floats off into the ethers

Very surreal in about every way. This first Season of the series does not bring the lively feel of Easter bunnies or baby chicks, instead bringing a supernatural and transcendental spectrum of sounds that is quite unnerving and downright scary

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