Album Of The Day: Current 93 ? Baalstorm, Sing Omega

Kategorie: Roadburn Festival
geschrieben von: Roadburn Festival geschrieben am: 19.07.2010 um: 05:25 Uhr

Lovingly pinched from Dusted Magazine: David Tibet?s latest, the third in a series that began with Black Ships Ate the Sky, dances again with the apocalypse, though this time the world?s end seems like a quieter, more personal event. Most of the abrasive, distorted elements of Tibet?s sound have been toned down, his wilder incantations reined in, so that the main tenor is one of acquiescence, acceptance and nostalgic fondness for the world going down in flames.

As always, Tibet is engaged in large themes: lust, sin, redemption and a physical, wholly non-metaphorical battle between good and evil. Aeon, a Greek word for, variously, ?life,? ?the life force,? ?eternal life,? and Plato?s world of ideals, plays a recurring role in his intricate mythology, along with Aleph (possibly a stand-in for everyman) and Baalstorm, the violent finish to life as we know it.

And yet, despite this large, violent canvas, Baalstorm, Sing Omega has a pastoral serenity to it, a sweetness in its backward-looking observations of life, nature and memory. Many of its most striking images are of women, ?the apocalypse girl, Chiara, in her hat / sits and talks to atoms and planets? in ?With Flowers in the Garden? and the unnamed ?she? who is ?naked like the water,? in ?December 1971.? A woman?s voice asks softly, ?Is everything all right, love,? in opener ?I Dreamt of Aeon,? a note of domesticity in its otherwise hauntingly spiritual texture. There is also a child?s voice, periodically, humming ?Twinkle, twinkle little star? here, demanding ?Hold my hand,? there, crescendoing in hysterical ?La la las? near the end. If Black Ships Ate the Sky sought grounding and reassurance in its repeated hymn ?Idumea,? Baalstorm, Sing Omega seems to find respite in ordinary human connection.

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