Double LP £31.49 OSS001
2LP + 7" on Our Sweetest Songs inc. David Tibet, Peter Hook, Baby Dee, Little Annie etc.
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This one is an interesting record, perhaps most notable for the sheer amount of big names taking part over the course of its six sides. David “Current 93” Tibet has assembled a collection of collaborators with names as diverse as Baby Dee, Andrew WK, Matt Sweeney, Julia Kent, Peter Hook, Massimo Pupillo, Annabella Lwin, Vin Cassidy...quite ridiculous. PRE have done the artwork too, as various outlandish ensembles stretch tracks like ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and ‘The House of the Rising Sun’ to epic length.
I’m listening to ‘The House of the Rising Sun’ right now actually, and it’s been going on for some time. The vocals alternate between Baby Dee and Little Annie Bandez while the band conjure up a swirling theatrical clamour for more than 20 minutes. Some of it is recognisable, other parts seemingly completely separate from the source material. It’s very well recorded and if you’re into this kind of drawn-out theatricality then it should appeal even if you’re not a huge fan of the original.
Now I’m listening to their ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, arranged by Matt Howden and edited, mixed and produced by the one and only Andrew Liles. It’s a sinister rendition with lots of boomy reverb and evocative violin scraping, and it takes until the final third of the song before it really resembles the Joy Division classic on which it is based. Basically these are all lengthy, moody covers featuring lots of illustrious names which you’ll like if you’re into David Tibet’s Current 93 material.
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