Revolutionary Army Of The Infant Jesus have never managed chart success (such a surprise with that name), but they have become much loved by a close cult. Those listeners are likely to have their minds blown by news of Beauty Will Save The World, as it is their first record in 18 years. Mystic beauty on Occultation.
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- Beauty Will Save the World by Revolutionary Army of The Infant Jesus
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 15 October 2015
Well it's not like me to not have heard of a band but Revolutionary Army of Infant Jesus have kept a low profile throughout their career (which began in the '80's) and this is their first record in two decades. I read an interview where they suggest that they are 'content to be discovered' rather than have their music sold in the aggressive manner of (let's face it) most music these days. This, to me, makes it all the more interesting and worth discovering.
Now, for fans of their previous work this new record will be a big deal. I'm discovering it for the first time so forgive me the ignorance of not having history on my side. My initial impressions are something of a more palatable Dead Can Dance, the early, yearning This Mortal Coil and some of Piano Magic's more esoteric releases. They've been lumped in with Current 93 and such folk and although these are less obtuse, I can see the link. They play a form of chamber music with almost gothy undertones. Not afraid to use a bongo, on 'Procession' they build up rhythms to underpin a series of fractured bell-like sounds and gently arpeggating guitars. 'Arpres Le Temps' (they are also unafraid of singing in foreign tongue) is more song based sitting somewhere between Mazzy Star and Cowboy Junkies. The B side sees them experimenting with longer pieces, the Dead Can Dance like rhythms of 'Repentance/Sema' and the gorgeous neo-classical beauty of 'Before the Ending of the Day'.
This record is the perfect example of finding beautiful music buried under the surface and I'm very pleased I discovered it.
9/10 Charley Olson Customer review, 20th October 2015
Revolutionary? Army? Infant? Jesus? Who would have thought those 4 words would be in a band name all at one time? Add little bits of Eric Satie and GodSpeed at times plus an ethereal female voice. And a quote from Thomas Merton. It's damn good and the music is also. Lots of stuff going on - all interesting. Uses found samples (love the guy talking about speaking in tongues - in English!) and reminds me of a mystical christian "My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts." Not sure where Clinton gets the "gothy" bit but definitely on the Gnostic side of Take That. Never before considered submitting a Norman review but I would hate this cd to fall into the bargain bin without attention being drawn to it.
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