Boomkat Product Review:
Simply one of the strangest, greatest pieces of music we know, Sleazy Peter Christopherson’s 2007 turn as Threshold House Boys Choir becomes the next Coil-related project to see a welcome posthumous reissue.
Originally a CD + DVD release presenting the work in its original A/V form, replete with utterly compelling video of young Buddhist monks in training, ‘Form Grows Rampant’ is hailed amongst the most cherished releases in the Coil microcosm. It finds erstwhile Throbbing Gristle, then current X-TG player Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson in a rare solo outing in the years after the tragic death of his life and creative partner Geoff “Jhonn Balance” Rushton. Sleazy sadly passed away in 2010, and spent much of his final years in Thailand, where he was inspired to conceive Threshold House Boys Choir. The name is a play on words, likely referring to his own past at boarding school in Durham and Yorkshire and also relates to the music’s use of a computer generated choir, of which he was credited as “director”. The project was performed live a handful of times before Sleazy passed, leaving only the elusive (now super spenny) 2nd hand release until this reissue came along.
A real go-to release for us at the most spangled hours of the day, ‘Part One: A Time of Happening’ is just untouchable; we’ve seen rooms of bodies melt before its transfixing glitch tintinnabulutions, practically prostrating themselves, piloerect and shivering, at its unearthly power. The rest of the release follows to perhaps lower heights, from the glittering gamelan and choral froth of ‘Intimations of Spring’, thru the curdled squirm of ‘So Young It Knows No Maturing’, etheric plainchant of ‘So Free It Knows No End’ to the folksy cosmic chorus and lilt of ‘As Doors Open Into Space’, but suffice it to say we guarantee that you’ll be coming back to gawp at the opener over and again.