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CURRENT 93

Prog Folk • United Kingdom


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Current 93 biography
Founded in London, UK in 1982 - Still active as of 2019

CURRENT 93 is a longstanding project of musician/artist David Michael BUNTING (aka David TIBET, Born 1960-03-05 in Perak, Malaysia), a loose collective who record and perform an eclectic brand of music that has roots in folk but employs sounds that range from metal to post-rock to industrial to neofolk, with nuanced sounds that encompass everything in between.

Founder member David Tibet has been the only constant presence in the band since their inception and his lyrical themes and subject matter encompass a wide variety of esoteric interests including: Christian eschatology, Aleister Crowley (from whom he took the band's name), Christian mysticism, Tibetan Buddhism, the iconography of the swastika and various occult left hand path traditions.

The group's direction is primarily guided by Tibet, but the group has close ties to many other groups including the avant band NURSE WITH WOUND (Steven Stapleton has recorded and toured extensively with both bands), as well as DEATH IN JUNE whose leader Douglas Pearce regularly appears with band. Other bands associated with the group include SOL INVICTUS, COIL, CRASS, HH and FIRE+ICE.

Tibet's prolific body of work has attracted significant attention from musicians of all genres over the years, and the band's album include appearances from an very broad range of artists from the folk singer Shirley Collins to Nick Cave to Marc Almond to the porn star Sasha Grey.

CURRENT 93's music challenges definitions of nearly every subgenre of progressive rock, and their inclusion on the ProgArchives will undoubtedly lead to an expanded definition of the Prog Folk label.

>> Bio by Bob Moore (aka ClemofNazareth) and ExittheLemming <<

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CURRENT 93 discography


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CURRENT 93 top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.18 | 16 ratings
Nature Unveiled
1984
3.86 | 15 ratings
Dogs Blood Rising
1984
2.08 | 5 ratings
The Aryan Aquarians: Meet Their Waterloo
1987
3.02 | 8 ratings
Dawn
1987
3.82 | 9 ratings
Swastikas For Noddy
1988
3.96 | 12 ratings
Crooked Crosses For The Nodding God
1989
3.00 | 1 ratings
Death in June / Current 93 - 1888
1990
3.09 | 9 ratings
Current 93 & HH: Island
1991
4.53 | 19 ratings
Thunder Perfect Mind
1992
4.00 | 13 ratings
Of Ruine Or Some Blazing Starre
1994
4.23 | 23 ratings
All The Pretty Little Horses
1996
3.92 | 7 ratings
Current 93 & Thomas Ligotti: In A Foreign Town, In A Foreign Land
1997
4.40 | 17 ratings
Soft Black Stars
1998
4.00 | 10 ratings
Sleep Has His House
2000
3.39 | 8 ratings
Faust
2000
1.25 | 4 ratings
The Great In The Small
2001
3.08 | 8 ratings
Current 93 & Nurse With Wound: Bright Yellow Moon
2001
4.00 | 1 ratings
Hypnagogue
2005
4.22 | 17 ratings
Black Ships Ate The Sky
2006
2.00 | 2 ratings
Black Ships Eat The Sky
2006
3.81 | 12 ratings
Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain
2009
3.96 | 9 ratings
Baalstorm, Sing Omega
2010
3.77 | 7 ratings
Honeysuckle ons
2011
3.96 | 9 ratings
I Am The Last Of All The Field That Fell (A Channel)
2014
2.19 | 7 ratings
My Name Is Nearly All That's Left
2014
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Moons At Your Door
2015
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Stars On Their Horsies
2018
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Light Is Leaving Us All
2018
3.00 | 1 ratings
Invocations Of Almost
2019

CURRENT 93 Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

1.00 | 1 ratings
NL-Centrum Amsterdam w/Nurse with Wound
1985
3.45 | 6 ratings
Live at Bar Maldoror
1986
4.86 | 3 ratings
As the World Disappears...
1991
3.00 | 1 ratings
Frankfurt Sound Depot 24-03-1991 (with Death In June and Sol Invictus)
1992
3.83 | 5 ratings
Hitler as Kalki
1993
4.83 | 4 ratings
All Dolled Up Like Christ
1999
4.78 | 4 ratings
Cats Drunk on Copper
2001
3.00 | 2 ratings
Who is the Sufferer?
2001
4.00 | 2 ratings
Live At Saint Olave's Church (with Antony And The Johnsons)
2002
3.92 | 6 ratings
Halo
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live at the Teatro Ibrico, Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday 8 February 2003
2003
4.15 | 7 ratings
How I Devoured Apocalypse Balloon
2005
3.78 | 4 ratings
Birdsong in the Empire
2007
1.00 | 1 ratings
Live at Hotel Island, Reykjavk, 11 February 1988 / Live at the 100 Club, London, 23 April 1985
2010
2.00 | 1 ratings
Aleph at Docetic Mountain
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Hotel Island, Reykjavik, 11 Febuary 1988
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Tokyo, 20/21 December 1988
2010
4.00 | 2 ratings
Live At Off Festival 2011, Katowice, Poland 4th August 2011
2011
2.17 | 5 ratings
And When Rome Falls
2012

CURRENT 93 Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

1.00 | 1 ratings
Since Yesterday: A Peek into the Pit
1995
2.33 | 3 ratings
Black Ships Heat the Dancefloor
2008

CURRENT 93 Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.88 | 6 ratings
Christ and the Pale Queens Mighty in Sorrow
1988
4.08 | 5 ratings
Earth Covers Earth
1988
4.00 | 2 ratings
Emblems
1993
4.03 | 6 ratings
Horsey
1997
4.00 | 2 ratings
Calling for Vanished Faces
1999
4.05 | 3 ratings
Untitled (with Michael Cashmore and Christoph Heemann)
1999
2.00 | 1 ratings
Maldoror Is Dead
2002
2.00 | 1 ratings
A Little Menstrual Night Music
2003
5.00 | 1 ratings
England's Hidden Reverse (with Nurse With Wound and Coil)
2003
4.33 | 3 ratings
SixSixSix: SickSickSick
2004
2.67 | 3 ratings
How He Loved the Moon (Moonsongs for Jhonn Balance)
2005
4.50 | 2 ratings
Judas as Black Moth
2005
4.50 | 8 ratings
The Inmost Light
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Current 93 Compilation Part I
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Current 93 Compilation Part II
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Like Swallowing Eclipses (Current 93 As Dreamt By Andrew Liles)
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Unreleased Rarities, Out-takes And Rehearsals Volume II 1991-1995
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Unreleased Rarities, Out-takes And Rehearsals Volume I 1984-1990
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Unreleased Rarities, Out-takes and Rehearsals Vol. 4
2010
3.00 | 1 ratings
Untitled
2014

CURRENT 93 Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.00 | 2 ratings
Mi-Mort w/Nurse with Wound
1983
3.42 | 5 ratings
LAShTAL
1984
2.00 | 2 ratings
Nylon Coverin' Body Smotherin' w/ Nurse with Wound
1984
3.33 | 3 ratings
No Hiding From The Blackbird / Burial Of The Stoned Sardine (with Nurse With Wound)
1984
3.95 | 3 ratings
In Menstrual Night
1985
3.83 | 5 ratings
Nightmare Culture w/Sickness of Snakes
1985
3.00 | 1 ratings
Dawn
1987
3.00 | 1 ratings
Happy Birthday Pigface Christus
1987
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ekki Er Allt Gull, Sem Gloir... Skamt Er fganna Milli
1987
3.00 | 4 ratings
Crowleymass w/ HH
1987
1.00 | 1 ratings
Augenblick #5 w/Nurse with Wound
1988
2.50 | 2 ratings
The Red Face of God
1988
3.00 | 2 ratings
Faith's Favourites w/Nurse with Wound
1988
0.00 | 0 ratings
Hourglass
1989
3.50 | 2 ratings
She is Dead and all Fall Down / God has Three Faces and Wood has no Name
1989
4.18 | 11 ratings
Imperium
1989
3.00 | 2 ratings
????! (with Nurse With Wound and Sol Invictus)
1989
0.00 | 0 ratings
American Society / Broken Birds (with Randy California)
1990
0.00 | 0 ratings
Horse w/Nurse with Wound
1990
0.00 | 0 ratings
Summer of Love
1990
4.00 | 3 ratings
Looney Runes
1990
4.00 | 2 ratings
1888 w/Death in June
1991
3.00 | 3 ratings
The Nodding Folk
1993
4.96 | 7 ratings
Lucifer over London
1994
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Fire of the Mind
1994
4.08 | 5 ratings
Tamlin
1994
4.13 | 5 ratings
Where the Long Shadows Fall (BeforeTheInmostLight)
1994
3.92 | 6 ratings
The Starres are Marching Sadly Home (The InMostLight ThirdAndFinal)
1996
4.00 | 1 ratings
When the May Rain Comes
1996
5.00 | 3 ratings
Seven Seals (w/ Nature and Organization / Tiny Tim / Nurse With Wound)
1996
3.60 | 5 ratings
A Gothic Love Song
1998
3.50 | 2 ratings
Misery Farm
1999
4.91 | 7 ratings
I Have a Special Plan for this World
2000
4.00 | 2 ratings
Immortal Bird / Cripple And The Starfish (with Antony And The Johnsons)
2000
3.50 | 2 ratings
This Degenerate Little Town
2001
4.50 | 2 ratings
Music For The Horse Hospital / Sounds From The Horse Hospital (with Nurse With Wound)
2002
0.00 | 0 ratings
Calling For Vanished Faces I / Virgin Mary (with Antony And The Johnsons)
2003
4.74 | 4 ratings
Some Soft Black Stars Seen Over London
2003
4.00 | 4 ratings
The Seahorse Rears to Oblivion
2003
4.40 | 5 ratings
Hypnagogue
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Niemandswasser
2004
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Courtyard / Jerusalem
2004
3.50 | 2 ratings
Time Of The Last Persecution / Black Flowers, Please
2004
3.00 | 1 ratings
Ntnau Nhtp Mpr Ahenju Eukm Ouem Tpe
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Dream of the Green Goddess
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Moonbird
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Deuteronomy XXXIII:14 / Joshua X:12
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
Black Ships Ate the Sky Tour Single
2006
3.92 | 5 ratings
Inerrant Rays Of Infallible Sun (Blackship Shrinebuilder)
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
Black Ship In The Underworld (with Sebastian Horsley)
2007
2.50 | 2 ratings
Black Ships Heat the Dancefloor
2007
4.07 | 8 ratings
Birth Canal Blues
2008
4.33 | 3 ratings
Haunted Waves, Moving Graves
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
When the May Rain Comes
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Suddenly The Living Are Dying
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Drank Honeysuckle ons
2011
4.00 | 1 ratings
Passenger Aleph In Name
2012
3.00 | 1 ratings
Purtle (with Nurse With Wound)
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
I Arose As Aleph, The Speller, The Killer
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
Channel
2014

CURRENT 93 Reviews


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 Honeysuckle ons by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.77 | 7 ratings

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Honeysuckle ons
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Constructed less as a set of songs and more of a single suite - as befitting the way the tracks Kingdom and Queendom bookend it - HoneySuckle ons is an album-length weird folk symphony, its stark and haunting sound perfectly captured by its cover art. Whilst individual tracks have their varying charms, the overall effect isn't gained unless one listens to the whole. As part of the wide range of musical experimentation that Current 93 had embarked on after the arrival of Andrew Liles as David Tibet's latest musical partner, it's a haunting and delicate work which nicely complements the esoteric theological and personal poetry of Tibet's lyrics.
 Faust by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.39 | 8 ratings

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Faust
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Along with the EP I Have A Special Plan For This World, this constitutes something of a return to the dark ambient sound collage style of Current 93's origins - but a take on that style tempered and matured by the intervening years of experience. It's inspired not by the Faust legend in general, but a specific take on it - namely, the short story of the same name by Count Stenbock, one of the obscure 19th Century literary figures who has had the good fortune to become one of David Tibet's muses. If you're only into Current 93 for the neofolk, you'll find it tiresome, but if you like Tibet's taste in longform weird dark ambient (produced in conjunction with Nurse With Wound's Steven Stapleton), this'll hit the spot for you.
 Birth Canal Blues by CURRENT 93 album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2008
4.07 | 8 ratings

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Birth Canal Blues
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This EP finds Current 93 in a moment of flux, as David Tibet parts ways with long-term musical collaborators Michael Cashmore (who'd been a major contributor to the Current 93 sound since 1991's live album As the World Disappears) and Nurse With Wound mastermind Steven Stapleton (who'd worked closely with Tibet since the debut Current 93 album Nature Unveiled).

Sure, Stapleton would still have a minor role on the forthcoming album Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain - which this is something of an appetiser for, being a bridge between the neofolk style of preceding releases and the weird, dark psychedelia of that album - but already in place here is Andrew Liles, who would henceforth be Tibet's major musical collaborator (and, for that matter, a regular collaborator with Stapleton in Nurse With Wound). The end result is an EP which captures Current 93 in the process of reinvigorating itself.

 Inerrant Rays Of Infallible Sun (Blackship Shrinebuilder) by CURRENT 93 album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2006
3.92 | 5 ratings

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Inerrant Rays Of Infallible Sun (Blackship Shrinebuilder)
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Coming out a while after Current 93's Black Ships Ate the Sky - an album which saw David Tibet take on a wider range of genres than the strange mix of dark industrial and weird folk he's usually known for - Inerrant Rays of Infallible Sun is a solid split EP with Om, an aptly chosen group of collaborators since the Current 93 piece on here feels like a momentary experiment with avant-doom metal - paving the way, in some respects, for the project's left turn into full- on psychedelic rock on Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain.

The Om cut, meanwhile, seems a bit faster and bouncier than their usual sombre, sacred fare - in fact, it feels a bit like an off-cut from their Sleep days. Which is no bad thing if you like yourself a bit of Sleep - and if you don't like experimentally-inclined stoner doom, you're probably not going to give this split a second look anyway.

 Nightmare Culture w/Sickness of Snakes by CURRENT 93 album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1985
3.83 | 5 ratings

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Nightmare Culture w/Sickness of Snakes
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars KillyKillKilly (A Fire Sermon) is the prize here, being as it is a pocket-sized sound collage in Current 93's early industrial style which sits next to some of the material on Dogs Blood Rising nicely. (You could, in fact, interpret it as a sequel to Falling Back In Fields of Rape, especially given that some of the audio seems to be unused snippets from that.) "Sickness of Snakes" is essentially Coil before they were Coil, joined briefly by Boyd Rice. The Current 93 track is available on some CD editions of In Menstrual Night; the Sickness of Snakes stuff is not worth breaking the bank in tracking down.
 Live at Bar Maldoror by CURRENT 93 album cover Live, 1986
3.45 | 6 ratings

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Live at Bar Maldoror
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars A step forward into a new era of publishing for David Tibet and Current 93, this was also a bit of a step back musically - a reiteration of the ghoulish dark ambient approach of Nature Unveiled. That said, Nature Unveiled was a pretty excellent album and another release in the same vein is more than welcome. In some of the more synthesiser-blessed moments, I wonder whether this was produced under the influence of Tangerine Dream - not the bright tinkly 1980s stuff that they were churning out at the time, but the murky material of Alpha Centauri or Zeit over a decade earlier.
 Current 93 & Nurse With Wound: Bright Yellow Moon by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.08 | 8 ratings

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Current 93 & Nurse With Wound: Bright Yellow Moon
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

2 stars Current 93 has collaborated many times with "Nurse with Wound" and with "Bright Yellow Moon", it happens again, this time for a full album. The lyrics in this one were written by David Tibet while he was recovering from a near death experience with appendicitis. While in the hospital, Tibet claims he had visions of the angel of death, and thus wrote the lyrics based on those visions. Steve Stapleton (Nurse with Wound) and Michael Cashmore are along to help out with this dark album.

"Butterfly Drops" is a short introductory piece with an acoustic guitar and spoken word from Tibet.

On the opposite end of the time scale, the next track exceeds 17 minutes total with the track "Disintegrate Blur 36 Page 03". This one starts slowly in dark ambience with softly ringing cymbals, minimal bass and guitar. Soon, Tibet starts singing softly in his unique singing/speaking voice. The cryptic vocals are easy to discern, but hard to understand. This continues meandering as such for the entire duration. Move along, not much to hear here.

Next is "Mothering Sunday (Legion, Legion)". A carnival type organ plays and fades out quickly while Tibet's spooky spoken word with scary sound effects. This is perfect for Halloween entertaining. "Nichts" begins with the phrase that ended the previous track "Your time is mine" which fades out to the sound of a railroad train, which in turn morphs into a noise drone. This all turns into repeated spoken phrase loops and processed noises forming a collage.

"Die, Flip or Go to India" begins with ambient synths and processed atmospheric sounds. Processed spoken word vocals start at 7 minutes as the minimalist noises and voices effects continue. When it all ends after 11 minutes is the highlight of the track. The last track on the original album is "Walking Like Shadow". This is another minimal acoustic track with Tibet's singing/speaking vocals.

The Special Edition of the album contains 4 bonus tracks which were outtakes. It starts with a continuation of the previous track "Walking Like Shadow II". This continues with the same feeling as the first part, but much clearer this time. "Disintegrate 36 Page 00" is more minimalist instrumental sounds this time for over 7 minutes. "Nichts II" returns to the noise collage of the first one, it just pretty much fades in where the other one left off. "Disintegrate 19 Page 03" is more like an industrial style of minimal experimentation. A little more interesting, at least if you are still awake.

This one is not quite as intriguing as others in Current 93's discography. Its not that it's experimental or minimistic, it's just not that interesting. But with Tibet, its always hit or miss, sometimes its great and other times its "meh". This one resides in the "meh" category.

 Untitled (with Michael Cashmore and Christoph Heemann) by CURRENT 93 album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1999
4.05 | 3 ratings

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Untitled (with Michael Cashmore and Christoph Heemann)
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

4 stars This is a collection of outtakes and alternative versions of music mostly from two Current 93 albums; 'All the Pretty Little Horses' and 'Soft Black Stars'. Three of the Current 93 tracks on here are from an unfinished album. The alternative versions from the first named album are mostly acoustic guitar and very folky, where the versions from the latter album are piano ballads. The Current 93 tracks are all sung by David Tibet using his speaking/sing-song style vocals.

There are also 3 tracks performed by Michael Cashmore and 2 from Christoph Heeman. These 5 tracks are based on other Current 93 songs.

It all starts off with 'An Introduction to Suffering' originally from 'Soft Black Stars', a solo piano prelude. The next three tracks are taken from 'All the Pretty Horses', beginning with the traditional lullaby 'All the Pretty Little Horses' which is a very nice rendition and Tibet's style does it complete justice making you hear this song unlike never before. 'Calling for Vanished Faces' is more complex and inaccessible, but also more progressive. Tibet's voice is a bit harder to digest here as he becomes a little intense. 'The Cat is Dead' has a combination of acoustic guitar and piano and Tibet's vocals are more melodic. It's a nice ballad.

Michael Cashmore then plays a short acoustic guitar solo, the first of his 'Untitled' pieces. It is very tranquil and nice. David Tibet then returns for the spoken word vocal of 'In an English Garden' with a subdued atmospheric background. This track is from the unfinished album. Then we have another short Cashmore interlude, the 2nd 'Untitled' piece. The order of these tracks make this into a nice little pastoral suite.

Next is Current 93's 'The Flower is RedRobed', another track from the unfinished album. This is another spoken word track of Tibet's take on poetry. The background music is more experimental this time around, but the recitation is a little emotion-less especially compared to the dissonant and abrasive background.

Michael Cashmore makes his last solo appearance on the album, but he still participates with the more ensemble style Current 93 tracks. This is his longest solo at over 5 minutes entitled 'A Silence Song, Silent'. It is Cashmore's rendition of a Current 93 track. This is mostly acoustic guitar but also fleshed out to include a melodic accordion, piano and chimes. This is followed by another unreleased, but very short Current 93 track 'Et In Arcadia Est'. Again, this is spoken word with electronic background textures.

Tibet continues, this time singing/speaking with a lovely solo piano accompaniment with the alternative version of 'Moonlight, or Other Dreams, or Other Fields' from 'Soft Black Stars'. This is followed by the 9 minute variation of 'Judas as Black Moth' also from the same album. Again, we have solo piano, which gives us a long, pensive introduction. Several minutes into the track, Tibet begins a spoken verse. The recitation is much better this time with more inflection, but it is rather dark with a strand of hope running through it.

After this, we close the album with the 2 Christoph Heeman tracks. First off is a 12 minute track 'Lazy Moon, Part I', which is an extended remix of sorts of Current 93's b-side 'Moon: Page 209, Twenty Two Eighteen Now'. It is an experimental track featuring an electronic drone and various field recordings and noises. The drone doesn't come in until a little over a minute and only has slight variations that you have to listen extra closely to hear. It intensifies very slowly, that you might not even notice, and deep down in the mix, you hear a lot of textures that are dissonant at times, and harmonic at others. Listen close and you can hear Tibet playing the Hurdy Gurdy. There is also a violin and an organ mixed in there. As it intensifies, it gets lower, almost sounding like an airplane drone as it flies overhead. The drone diminishes to almost nothing, with other electronic textures staying ambient. Then it intensifies again as the pitch lowers.

'Lazy Moon, Part II' fades in with drone elements from 'Soft Black Stars', field recordings and electronic textures. This has a more spacial feel to it with the echoing effects. You can hear an organ playing sustained notes with a slowly oscillating volume like you can hear it in the distance being carried by the breeze. It becomes quite ambient towards the end with some beautiful sounds and textures.

You get quite an eclectic collection of outtakes and alternative version in this set of tracks. Most of the album is acoustic and folk. But you get electronic treatments and experimentation too. Overall, it is quite pastoral and peaceful, but there are many unsettling moments in there also. I really enjoy the variation among the tracks, and the acoustic parts have enough change among the instruments, that it seldom becomes boring. Even though this is a hodgepodge of tracks, it actually feels like it all belongs together. It is defiantly better than 3 star material, though some may think the drones last too long, but if you really listen, there are a lot of layers and movement there. It's also a good mix of flavors from these artists, especially Current 93. I have no problem kicking this up to a 4 star rating.

 Black Ships Ate The Sky by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.22 | 17 ratings

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Black Ships Ate The Sky
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

5 stars "Black Ships Ate the Sky" is a highlight in the discography of David Tibet's dark folk project "Current 93". The concept of the album is based around another of Tibet's visions, or dreams, where he saw black ships floating in the sky in preparation of the arrival of the final Caesar and the second coming of Christ. One of Tibet's favorite topics is the apocalypse, and he doesn't shy away from it in this album.

However, this mostly acoustic album is full of surprises and guest vocalists. The first interesting thing that distinguishes this album from the many other Current 93 albums is the appearance of the Charles Wesley poem "Idumea" not just once, but 8 different and distinct times through the 21 tracks on this album. Each version of the poem is sung by different singers and each version is completely different from the other. Among the vocalists taking turns on this poem are Marc Almond from "Soft Cell", Antony from "Antony and the Johnsons", indie-folk singer Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Clodaugh Simonds from "Fovea Hex", "Mellow Candle", and several Michael Oldfield albums, and Shirley Collins among others. The use of these various artists breath life and variety into the overall album, and, interestingly enough, the use and re-use of this poem never gets tiring. In fact they help break up the crazed vocals of Tibet.

As far as the other tracks on the album, most are sung by Tibet. When I say sung, though, I really mean narrate/sung. Tibet's vocals are very clear this time around, which is not always the case on other albums. These other tracks feature Tibet's narration/sing-song vocals backed by acoustic guitar and violin in most cases, and other processed keyboards and at times, strange and eerie sounds from different sources. Most of these tracks are mellow and acoustic, but some are quite intense as Tibet's lyrics and vocals become more frantic at times. You get quite a variety of beautiful and also scathing tracks. Interspersed among these tracks are the different versions of "Idumea" but also other tracks that are sung by other artists.

Most of the tracks are short, usually around the 3 ? 4 minute mark, except for one track "Black Ships Were Sinking Into Idumea" which passes the 11 minute mark. This one is not listed as such, but is actually a 2 part track, the first half being Tibet in his most frantic voice which turns quite chaotic before it goes into the second part being a minimal section with the soft vocals of Cosey Fanni Tutti.

Since most of the tracks are acoustic, having the guest vocalists contribute to variety and dynamic of the album. Overall, the feeling is quite minimal as far as instrumentation goes and there is hardly any percussion present on any of the tracks. This solidifies "Current 93"s foothold in the prog-folk genre. On their earlier albums, the project was not yet sure about which path they wanted to follow, so at times, you got some very heavy and loud Post black metal sounding tracks, but as time went on, it became more folk oriented. But, in actuality, you never really know what to expect from this neo-folk project. It pretty much was decided by Tibet's whimsy.

This music is not for everybody, that is for sure. Yes it is prog folk, for the most part, but there are always elements of avant- prog throughout the music. The music is dark, and it is often dissonant and disturbing. This album is no exception. There are many times things can get intense and noisy. This is not your Father's folk. It is daring and it is unsettling. It is also innovative. It is completely driven by a mix of folk and prog elements. It is music I really enjoy, at least when it is at its best like in this album. Some of their albums are not as good, but this one is definitely the one album you should check out in their discography just to see if it is for you. Just know that it is both very beautiful and very dissonant in other parts. Easily one of Current 93's best and also worth every star possible.

 Baalstorm, Sing Omega by CURRENT 93 album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.96 | 9 ratings

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Baalstorm, Sing Omega
Current 93 Prog Folk

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

4 stars This album is the 3rd in a series of albums by Current 93 and the only original member, David Tibet. The series deal with Tibet's revelations. Where many of Current 93's albums seem to have been adding more electric guitar, this album strips things back to the basics using more folk style instruments and sounds that are influenced by Middle Eastern sounds. Even with a more stripped back sound though, this album is still very dark and apocalyptic.

"I Dreamt I Was Aeon" starts of with a piano solo and a dreamy organ starts swirling around. Tibet's chanting/singing vocals have a mysterious air to them. Strings soon join in, replacing the piano, violin and cello. The vocals can be a little annoying if you aren't used to them, especially when they aren't covered up by other layers of sound. They will grow on you, and seem very appropriate to the style of music. The feel and sound of the track remains consistent throughout.

"With Flowers in the Garden of Fires" introduces percussion, ord and a middle eastern flair. For the most part, the vocal melody consists of two notes with a little bit of variation, and continues that chanting/singing combination. "December 1971" is driven by the strings with Tibet's more gravelly vocals. Throughout the tracks, you will have noticed a child's sing-song voice in the background appearing from time to time. The vocals are quite expressive here, and in this case, have an avant-prog style to them, as the vocal melody acts as a dissonant counterpoint to the stings accompaniment.

Tibet's voice is becoming more of a singing/speaking tone as he narrates in "Baalstorm! Baalstorm!" The melody here is more of a improvisation utilizing notes to express and emphasize words. This is all accompanied by a drone and a piano, with some guitar electronic accompaniment providing minimalistic texture. Intensity builds more in Tibet's voice than in the actual accompaniment as he becomes more frantic. The heaviness of the vocals here can make this track a little hard to listen to, but you can also get lost in the lyrics, as they are quite important to this track.

In contrast to this, the next track, "Passenger Aleph in Name" is not frantic, but more peaceful. A glockenspiel calms the overall atmosphere of the album with Tibet in a calmer and more melodic vocal. An acoustic guitar also adds to the melodic sound of this track. "Tanks of Flies" continues with the calm atmosphere invoked from the previous track. Tibet continues with a very melodic track here. The ord is quite apparent in this track and a plucked riff combined by acoustic guitar keeps the feel calm and serene.

"The Nudes Lift Shields for War" features the glockenspiel again, and it provides more of a direction for this track. Acoustic guitar also accompanies Tibet's storytelling lyrics. We return to that narrating/singing style again here, with Tibet using inflection and emphasis where needed with higher notes and dynamics in his improvised singing. Intensity builds somewhat here, but the glockenspiel keeps the track anchored. "Night! Death! Storm! Omega!" utilizes a folkish drumming pattern and a more chaotic approach in the vocals, accompanied by the ord. This one is has a distinct mid-east feel. Vocals fade in and out on this one and they are layered with different lyrics providing counterpoint and giving that chaotic feel. Again children's voices shout out in different places.

"I Dance Narcopleptic" is the final track and also the longest track at over 10 minutes. It starts out with spoken vocals by Tibet and electronic textures. This track is very dramatic, with inflection used more than melody and children's voices shouting out throughout. Sounds of waves, storms and etc accompany throughout. Again, we get that Avant-folk feel here as it has a distinct improvised feeling, becoming more frantic and dramatic as the intensity builds as the track continues. Sounds, instruments and textures swirl and increase in volume along with Tibet's expressive narration. It's easy to let yourself get caught up in the intensity of this track. At 5:45, all sounds suddenly drop off and there is mostly silence until the 9 minute mark when the sound of waves fade in and Tibet sings a nice melody accompanied by acoustic guitar and the waves almost drowning him out.

This is a very dramatic and expressive album from Tibet and Co. Yes his narration/singing might be harsh to some people, but it is evident that it is exactly the feeling needed for this album. A good part of the album is far from the traditional rock music experience meaning that it has that authentic folk sound all the way through, but even this varies as Tibet's compositions approach an artsy feel that at times make you think you are listening to avant-folk-prog. The only complaint I have is that there are so many lyrics, that they tend to get tedious after a while, even with the inflection used in Tibet's vocals, and that can make the entire album hard to listen to. But other than that, this is an excellent example of Neo-folk Prog. Just be ready for some interesting moods and textures with this one.

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