Soft Black Stars Import
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The bande's fyrst album since '96's All The Pretty Horses gets you ten new songs plus the single "A Gothic Love Song". Played by the all-star line-up of David Tibet, Michael Cashmore, Steven Stapleton, and Christoph Heeman. First 5,000 CD's contain an extra 10-minute song which will not appear on subsequent pressings. Six sided full colour digipak with artwork by David Michael Bunting.
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The pieces here are quieter and more minimal than one might expect, with David Tibet intoning his words to a skeletal Satie-esque piano accompaniment. The words and music meld into a timeless, crystalline beauty. There are too many elements to catalogue here, but in many ways this can be considered an autobiographical album. By the standards of Current 93 it is extremely accessible, and I would hope that more people would take the time to experience and enjoy the subtle beauty.
The minimalism of these compositions is significant. Not a word, not a note is wasted. The listener is presented with glittering fragments of life. These soft black stars are our friends, unlike Dr. Groddeck's.
As with all Current 93's work, it is sublime and about much more than the music. A must have.
inner life of current's music is consistent and honest evolution of spirit, and all their records come from heart. music itself is just an outside form that this inner life takes. so i find criticism like "the sound is lacking" or "it isn't nature unveiled" just superficial and completely beside the point. many people here have written about what this record IS NOT, but at the same time they are blind for what this record IS. i don't see what's the point in writing such reviews.
i don't think there are "tracks" that can be separated one from another here as well, because this album works as a whole perfectly, the tone is the same from beginning til the end, but not "boring", "lacking" or "monotonous" - it is modest, honest, introspective and meditative. the sheer, bare honesty of tibet's vocal and of the atmosphere that music creates here is absolutely stunning.
plus, "a gothic love song" is a manifest, it's a war against pose, vanity and pettiness present in so many people involved with this "scene" today (although there is no "scene" at all, only inside of heads of those same people). it's not just a song, it's a course in life being taken, it's a general attitude. and that is why this song is important, not because it's "pretty" or "more accesible than the others on the record".
i find this work to be very mature and consistent evolution of earlier c93, so if you really see and feel what c93 is all about, go for it.