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Nurse With Wound and Current 93 ring masters, Steven Stapleton & David Tibet fence a comprehensive collection of their duo collaborations in ‘The Threat of Memory’, spread over 4CDs with a bonus CD of outtakes from the ‘Musical Pumpkin Cottage’ recording sessions
Preceded by a 2LP which contains material not found in this boxset, ‘The Threat of Memory’ is an unmissable portal into the minds of two of electronic and occult musick’s most feted se’ers. Spanning material recorded between 1991-1998, it finds Stapleton and Tibet as dark interpreters of a parallel sonic universe, acting as mediums for unheimlich energies and phenomena that short circuit perceptions of the difference between soundtrack music, dark ambient, and arcane ritual.
On the journey they’re joined by various nefarious characters of England’s hidden reverse, with NWW member Colin Potter contributing to the maudlin atmospheres of 1991’s ‘The Sadness of Things’ and ‘The Grave And Beautiful Name of Sadness’ on the first disc, whilst the krautrock concerns of 1996’s ‘Musical Pumpkin Cottage’ and ‘’Bubblehead’ pay druggy tribute to Can et al with amazing avant-techno results in the latter, which they also explore under its German title iteration ‘Musicalischer Kürbs=Hütte’ in much greater, psychedelic “primitive vocative” depth.
The previously CD only 1998 release ‘Octopus’ follows with a guest appearance by Penny Rimbaud ov Crass in the rapid flux of ‘Left Her For A Cartoon Octopus’, alongside the shimmering projection of ‘The Fire of the Mind’, and St. Tiny Tim’s opining on the devil in the psych-rock eruption of ‘Just What Do You Mean By “Antichrist”?’, before the final disc ‘BubbleBreath’ commits odds and ends of previously unreleased versions and mixes from ‘Musical Pumpkin Cottage’, revolving driving draughts of ‘The Dead Side of the Moon Part 1’, the very Craig Leon-esque ‘BubbleHead = DreamBreath’ pulser, and a gorgeous, unreleased ether-dream version of ‘The Fire of the Mind’.