Boomkat Product Review:
Current 93 coven Tibet & Stapleton unfurl more outtakes from ‘Musical Pumpkin Cottage’ as extended addendum to the ‘Threat Of Memories’ 2LP + 5CD
The 20 year vintage recordings both appear in vinyl for the first time. The A-side’s take on ‘The Dead Side Of The Moon’ uncannily coincides with the Chang’e 4 probe proof that organic material can grow on the moon. The piece itself is remarkably different to the 1996 CD edition, omitting the original’s krautrock freakout finale in favour of a sumptuous sidespin into Indian raga drone, with Tibet’s vocal pitched to childlike tones against a swell of Shruti box and electro-acoustic apparitions.
The B-side’s ‘Frail Albatross’ is effectively a stripped down version of the track ‘DreamBreath’ found on ‘Threat Of Memories’, swiping away Tibet’s vocal but leaving his meditative gasps at the fringes, buffetting the piece’s pulsing axis of Craig Leon-like chromatic chronics and Coil-like electronic gremlins.