Boomkat Product Review:
Studio whiz and erstwhile Coil member Danny Hyde revives the Electric Sewer Age alias he began with the late, great Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson of Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV and Coil.
Working within the long shadow of influence cast by his own work on Coil’s seminal ‘LSD’ (1990) album, Hyde’s latest effort is practically as close as you’ll get to original Coil enigmas in ‘Contemplating Nothingness’, acting like a psychopomp for listeners in altered states and guiding open-minded souls from the psilocybic trip of ’Still Too Far To Go’ to the meditative hyper prism of ‘Dekotur’ via warped Raga in ‘Chebo’, and a killer piece ‘Surrender To The Crags’ that sounds like Coil meets Muslimgauze, and is that the voice of John Balance in ‘Self Doubting Trip’?
The studio mastery of Danny Hyde is in full effect across the album, evidencing the exquisite, discrete production skills that have sought-after by everyone from Adamski to NIN, Dave Ball, Chris Rea and Derek Jarman over the past 35 years. With ‘Contemplating Nothingness’ Hyde offers a bridge to dimensions long thought lost to the winds of time, supplying a glimpse of the worlds-within-worlds that exist in his rarely paralleled imagination and studio hard-drive. Proper music to take drugs to.