Shackleton has never really put a foot wrong during his production career, but these collaborations with vocalist Ernesto Tomasini are especially impressive. Devotional Songs wanders through some very strange territories, with gamelan, organ, bells and shuddering bass all used alongside Tomasini’s wide-ranging voice. 4 tracks, on Honest Jon’s.
CD £7.99 HJRCD081
CD on Honest Jon's.
Vinyl Double 12" £13.99 HJP081
2x12" on Honest Jon's.
9/10 Richard 23rd September 2018
This 43 minute 4 track ep, which is beauitfully presented in a colour gatefold sleeve across two 12"s and plays at 45rpm, sounds just great. A lovely pressing (although no download code included), which compliments the depth of the tunes wonderfully. I do like Shackleton's earlier work, but this is rather different. The closest comparison has to be Coil, and it's this sound that really drew me to this ep. The opening track 'Rinse Out All The Contaiminants' starts out in a foreboding manner with a vocal declaring "I am ill and tired" before things settle down and Ernesto Tomasini's voice provides an element of calm. "You Are The One" is a longer and more laidback affair, but a tension remains throughout, before the final two tracks up ratchet up the tension even more. The vocal on the closing track "Father You Have Left Me" is more urgent and the track really does sound devotional as the ep title suggets. RIYL Coil, Current 93, and even Marc Almond in terms of the vocal. Lovely stuff.
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