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Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain
     

Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain

by Current 93
 

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Blasted blues carved from a conceptual monolith that might well be David Tibet's most inflamed vision since The Inmost Light, Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain is the sound of Current 93 at their most bruising. Sonically, it is a smorgasbord of feedback and electronics, shrieking shots and shocks of imagery that commence their

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Blasted blues carved from a conceptual monolith that might well be David Tibet's most inflamed vision since The Inmost Light, Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain is the sound of Current 93 at their most bruising. Sonically, it is a smorgasbord of feedback and electronics, shrieking shots and shocks of imagery that commence their assault on the opening "Aleph Is the Butterfly Net"; dip for the contrarily hushed "As Real as Rainbows," with its snatches of speech and conversation whispered out by a guesting Sasha Grey; and then implode again around the sepulchral "Invocation of Almost," guitars screaming like incendiary bombs while Tibet recites with almost Biblical solemnity over a carnage that is all the more effective for its unpredictability. It is arguable whether Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain could be considered Current 93's heaviest album, since the nightmare loops of their '80s output also sleep beneath some of Tibet's tenderest melodies: "On Docetic Mountain" is mournfully beautiful because of, not despite, the riffs that scythe across the cellos; "Poppyskins" is epic regardless of the absence of any obviously ear-catching embellishments; and "UrShadow" could have been culled from almost any Current 93 album, at almost any time. This is the beauty of Tibet's constantly shifting and eternally mesmerizing vision; at his best (and this album is up there with any of it), he is not simply timeless. He eclipses time altogether.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/26/2009
Label:
Coptic Cat
UPC:
0061297127825
catalogNumber:
4

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Performance Credits

Current 93   Primary Artist
Rickie Lee Jones   Vocals,Guest Appearance,Group Member
Steve Stapleton   electronics,Group Member
David Tibet   Guitar,Leader,Vocals,Group Member
Matt Sweeney   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
William Breeze   Viola,Sampling,Electric Viola,Group Member
Baby Dee   Piano,Hammond B3
Keith Wood   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Andria Degens   Vocals,Appalachian Dulcimer,Group Member
Andrew W.K.   Bass,Piano,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Finger Bells,Group Member
Andrew Liles   Guitar,electronics,Group Member
Alexander Neilson   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
James Blackshaw   Piano,12-string Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Group Member
John Contreras   Synthesizer,Cello,Group Member
Ossian Brown   Organ,Synthesizer,electronics,Group Member
Sasha Grey   Vocals
Henry Rousham   Vocals
Alice Rousham   Guest Appearance
Alex Neilson   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Current 93   Composer
Steve Stapleton   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
David Tibet   Composer,Producer,Artwork,Audio Production,Text
Jake Rousham   Engineer
Andrew Liles   Producer,Audio Production
Ossian Brown   Sound Architect
Robert Sands   Engineer

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