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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Thursday, April 20, 2006
    Awaiting the Black Ships
    Excited tonight about the prospect of hearing in full the forthcoming Current 93 album Black Ships Ate the Sky.

    The download samples will have to suffice for three more weeks. On them all the sound of David Tibet in fine fettle - fearsome on the title track, screaming "Who will deliver me from myself?" over a brutal shunting electric guitar beat; and beautifully maudlin on Idumea, the song of a vulnerable people, which suits so well the rich, rich voice of guest Marc Almond:

    And am I born to die
    And lay this body down
    And as my trembling spirits fly
    Into a world unknown...

    This is thrilling, distinctive, definitive music.

    [Brainwashed review here]