Album Remarks & Appraisals:
2009 album from the Experimental/Industrial outfit, their most unique, unpredictable, and powerful release yet . Mainstay David Tibet has brought together an amazing and bizarre array of talents and created an album unlike any other. Eight tracks. Coptic Cat.
Q (Magazine) (p.118) - "[Tibet's] is a hellish world of heightened senses, where death is everywhere, religion's fantasies are real and life happens on a cosmic scale."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.81) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Poppyskins' melds acoustic guitar tingles with minimal percussion and harsh guitar mixed to a murmur that serves as a pillow for Tibet's vocals."
Current 93: David Tibet (vocals, guitar, guitars); Matt Sweeney (vocals, guitar, electric guitar); Andrew W.K. (vocals, piano, bass guitar); Andria Degens, Henry Rousham, Sasha Grey, Rickie Lee Jones (vocals); Andrew Liles (guitar, guitars, electronics); Keith Wood (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, bass guitar); James Blackshaw (acoustic 12-string guitar, 12-string guitar, piano); William Breeze (electric viola, sampler); John Contreras (cello, synthesizer); Baby Dee (piano, Hammond b-3 organ); Ossian Brown (organ, synthesizer, electronics); Alex Neilson (drums, percussion); Steve Stapleton (electronics); Alice Rousham.
Personnel: William Breeze (viola, electric viola); Alexander Neilson (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixers: David Tibet; Jake Rousham; Andrew Liles; Steve Stapleton.
Recording information: Metway Studios; The Rooms.
Though Current 93's David Tibbet began his career by expanding upon the noisy industrial clangor of '80s innovators like Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, the late '90s found him broadening his sound to encompass dark folk tunes and psychedelic textures. ALEPH AT HALLUCINATORY MOUNTAIN bears more than a passing resemblance to 2004's BLACK SHIPS ATE THE SKY, replicating its abstruse lyrics and menacing folk-rock instrumentation. Thankfully, Tibbet's ear for unnerving melodies and his flair for hallucinatory imagery remain undiminished, making ALEPH a valuable addition to his catalog.