Tuesday, March 24

Current 93 announce brand new album

David Tibet was a central figure in the British post-industrial "esoteric" movement with the bands Nurse With Wound , Coil and Death In June. After a brief stint with Genesis P-Orridge's Psychic TV in the early 80's he formed Current 93, essentially his solo project, but more often than not the result of intensive collaboration with Nurse With Wound's Steven Stapleton. Another frequent collaborator is the wonderful Michael Cashmore whose sublime solo album Sleep England and collaboration with Antony (Antony And The Johnsons) The Snow Abides are also well worth spending time with.

To say that Current 93 have an extensive back-catalogue is the understatement of the Century and this year marks a notable addition to the already superb collection. Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain is the long-awaited new album from Current 93 and their first album in three years, following Black Ships Ate The Sky. It will be released on David Tibet's new label Coptic Cat.

Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain is the most unique, most unpredictable and most powerful album yet from Current 93 and on it, David has brought together an amazing and bizarre array of talents from artists as varied as Nurse With Wound's Stapleton and Liles, rock god phenomenon Andrew W.K., haunting chanteuse and composer Baby Dee, Grammy award-winning genius Rickie Lee Jones, the beautiful Hush Arbor's Keith Wood, world famous porn-star (and winner of the Best Three Way Sex Scene and Best Group Scene at the Adult Video Network awards) Sasha Grey, Pantalemon's enchanted Andria Degens, guitar-hero James Blackshaw, Cyclobe and Coil's Ossian Brown, NYC legend Matt Sweeney (ZWAN, Neil Diamond, Superwolf), extraordinary percussionist supreme Alex Neilson (Red Krayola, Trembling Bells, Bonnie “Prince” Billy), counter-culture guru William breeze and heavenly cellist John Contreras (Marc Almond, Baby Dee).

The result is unlike any other album. Ever!

In related news, the captivating and lovely Andria Degens aka Pantaleimon has announced some news for us to share. Firstly, on Friday 17th April Pantaleimon will be playing in Brighton, details below:

The Fairtrade Gallery
26 Montague Place,

Cost: £7
Playing alongside - Tom Brosseau and Nik Barrel
8pm–11pm; licensed bar
Call: 07990 511576 for info and tickets.
Or go to: www.fairtradegallery.co.uk/april

Andria Degens and James Blackshaw have recorded a video playing on a street corner in the middle of Barcelona…we strongly recommend you check it out!

Pantaleimon Videotapas: www.videotapas.net/html/pantaleimon.html. The video was shot before rehearsals and sound-check.

And another bit of exciting news, Al Cisneros of Om has curated a CD entitled “Transmissions from Sinai”, with all proceeds going to supporting Arthur Magazine’s mission. Al requested ‘At Dawn’ to appear on the CD, which comes from Pantaleimon's “Mercy Oceans” album. The edition is of 1,000 copies, and its release is imminent. Featured amongst the 15 tracks are also contributions by Hush Arbors, Six Organs of Admittance, Current 93, Grails, Sir Richard Bishop and Lichens. To read more about it go here: www.arthurmag.com/store/cds/.

To keep up with all things Durtro/Coptic Cat related visit the Southern website.

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