Jun 272017

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The Epicurean . cure.14

13,- Euro
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Release date: 1 July 2017
Format: DVD, Region free PAL
Playtime: approx. 180 min
Packaging: 190×130 mm size, 6 panel digifile high quality natural paper. Includes stitched patch with dp logo.
Limited edition: 250 copies



Dave Phillips’ work is refreshing in its directness, solid conceptual framing and and immediacy of its impact.”
– Noise Receptor

Proceed With Inquiry vermittelt einen außerordentlich abwechslungsreichen und vielschichtigen Überblick über das Werk eines Künstlers, der eine klare  Botschaft hat und mit der Art, wie er sie bisweilen an den Mann und/oder die Frau bringt, durchaus zu polarisieren weiß.
– Nonpop

The contained DVD comprises video works, live performances and collaborations by radical Swiss sound artist DAVE PHILLIPS, sonically active since 1987, part of the notorious SCHIMPFLUCH GRUPPE (with Rudolf Eb.er, Joke Lanz) since 1991, having left his signature in numerous bands, projects and collaborations.

DAVE PHILLIPS uses sound as a means to activate primordial emotions otherwise hidden underneath the debris of civilization. His concept is called “Humanimalism” accordingly, meaning a state of mind that overcomes religious, material und supremacist charges of evolution, acknowledges itself as part of a whole and has grown into an empathic, conscious and connected creature allowing emotion and instinct their equal part in decision-making.

This collection presents his multifaceted work in composition, performance, psycho-acoustics, sonic rituals, voice, video, field recordings, objects and electronics, etc. in a yet unknown complexity and coherence of motion pictures. His performance work is revealed in all its undiluted brutality, the urgency and topicality of his work and his message is clearly evident, captivating and intensely documented.

Along with DAVE PHILLIPS’ video works created between 2014 and 2016, the DVD is a document of unique solo live actions and the notorious Paris 1996 performance of SCHIMPFLUCH-GRUPPE, as well as recent collaborations with G.X. JUPITTER LARSEN, and video artists PAKISE AKIN, JAN VAN HASSELT and REMOTE-CONTROL RECTUM, who in turn created their visual interpretations of PHILLIPS' audio works. It all amounts to a mind-expanding experience, playing with altered perception and throwing back the viewer onto his own vision.

The compilation package is topped off with a 24-page catalogue with a text about the work of DAVE PHILLIPS, as well as a double page each with collages, pictures, drawings and lyrics representing the audio work of every artist featured on the CD.

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ANEMONE TUBE “GOLDEN TEMPLE” Special Japan Edition 12" LP



Special Japan edition 12" LP
The Epicurean . cure.12

22,- Euro

36,- Euro (as LP bundle with "In The Vortex" LP)
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Release date: 26 July 2017
Format: 12" LP & download
Playtime: 39 min
“Golden Temple” special Japan edition 12“ LP comes in golden/black cover, printed on 350g image paper with Japanese obi strip, a golden miniature bodhisattva statue, a golden ribbon for refuge in a small red cloth bag and a golden joss paper (“hell money” to be burned at funerals as an offering for the deceased to ensure a fortunate rebirth) with a poem.
Limited edition: 100 copies, hand-numbered. LP version comes with exclusive track ”Ondokusan (The Infinitive Light)”, not included on the CD.


“The album is as dark as the large intestine of the devil. Aggressive and fluctuating, mysterious (…).”

Rating: 9,25 of 10


At this moment you can hardly find anything better in history of industrial/noise.”

Rating: 9,5 of 10
Dark Entries

“Golden Temple is definitely Anemone Tube’s strongest release to date.”

Heathen Harvest

“Certainty one of the most authentic industrial releases in recent decades.


“Anemone Tube have distinctive and individual sound which is essentially without comparison (…an equilibrium of structure & chaos and a balancing of harmony & disharmony). This album has been long awaited and is a veritable feast for the eye, ear and mind (…)”

Noise Receptor

“Zweifellos das stimmigste und reifeste Album des Künstlers – close to perfection!”


“ (…) das immer etwas links klingende Wort Antikapitalismus und das immer etwas rechts klingende Wort Antimodernismus wurden selten so sehr überblendet, wie auf diesem an Andeutungen und Anspielungen reichen Album, das den Geist Pasolinis wie ein Kontrastmittel über die Goldenen Tempel unserer Zeit gießt – und damit selbst die namenlose saufende Schönheit zu Füßen der Kolosses aus Glas und Beton zum Strahlen bringt.”
African Paper


Anemone Tube’s third release of the “Suicide Series“ tetralogy is an immersive industrial music album and the most ambitious and complex work yet, a long-term project of no less than 6 years, pursuing a highly sophisticated approach full of cross-cultural and historical references. Painting a sonic landscape, “Golden Temple” is perfectly real and dreamlike at the same time, endorsing archaic, mythological and worldly ideals alike. Beauty and evil, the profane and chaos, apocalypse and hope – Anemone Tube keeps account and observes the antagonist forces of life.

Composed of raw urban field recordings collected in Japan and China, combined with layers of piercing feedback and sinister hovering synth melodies, “Golden Temple” confronts you with an all-embracing atmosphere of aggrieving darkness and glorious harshness, fathoming the possibilities of the genre. To ensure due impact, it has been sharply engineered to perfection by mastermind James Plotkin.

Pursuing radical psychological effects of sound, the 13+ minutes initiation “L`Homme Et Les Sirenes” is a mind-bending journey into the human psyche, a slowly emerging sinister landscape evoking man’s intrinsic imbalance with (its own) nature, followed by the noisy debris and crushing buildup of “Apocalyptic Fantasy” as well as “Tower Of Evil”, which is the central piece of the album, conceptually and musically, multi-layered and sample-heavy, related to Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, which is regarded by natives as a symbol for the uninhibited commercialization of life. “Negation Of Myth” descends into a barren, metallic darkness, radiating an equivocal sense of melancholy, before “Sea Of Lights (Golden Temple)” ascends in sparkling brightness and divinity. The evanescent bleakness of “Anthropocene – The Dark Abyss Of Time” finishes the main part of the album on a perversely promising, almost calm, spiritual note.

After the purely fantastic “Dream Landscape” conjuring up an apocalyptic vision and the dark, brooding landscape of “Death over China” slowly spreading as thick smog (as a consequence for China’s uncompromising economical and societal development creating irreparable environmental harm), the semi-fictional work “Golden Temple” is the series’ logical sequel. It suggests a (meta)physical landscape, here in form of global cities and metropolises proudly and brightly soaring in darkness, and bestowing golden radiance and divine beauty. With its alluring metaphorical world of images, signs and sounds it is the very symbol of our innermost longings, desires and fears and our attempts to escape from a disconcerting reality. The “Golden Temple” is comforting and threatening at the same time: consoling as it promises to reveal the secrets of beauty, threatening as it becomes a mirror of our secret death wish.

Strongly influenced by Pasolini’s cinematic masterpiece “Medea”, which evolves around the subject matters of estrangement from traditional values, the loss of contact with the mythical and the sacred in an increasingly rationalized and consumerist society, Anemone Tube brings matters to a head with an invocation of religiously charged symbolism, with the “Golden Temple” acting as more than a singular viewpoint, but as a meta-sign, functioning in its paramount acknowledgement and acceptance of complex, sometimes contradictory subject matter.

Supported by the use of ancient and contemporary imagery, literary and cinematic references reproduced in the lavish accompanying booklet Anemone Tube creates different narrative levels, juxtaposes contemporary western and long-standing Asian culture, plays with symbolic meanings and values – however, while doing so, never takes an unequivocal stand.

Anemone Tube with his varied interests and approaches always strives to present a holistic work of art, and “Golden Temple” works on many levels accordingly. The considered use of field recordings and samples, the arrangement of old masters’ paintings, contemporary photos and a variety of quotes from literature and movies – nothing is random, everything is part of the big picture. “Golden Temple” is a multi-facetted recording, absorbing and inspiring as well as a complex concept waiting to be discovered. Quality time lies ahead for those who get involved and visit the golden temple!

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12" LP
The Epicurean . cure.13

17,50,- Euro

36,- Euro (as LP bundle with "Golden Temple" LP)
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Release date: 26 July 2017
Format: 12" LP & download
Playtime: 44:57 min
Packaging: Black vinyl, full color cover with 3 mm spine printed on high quality natural paper.
Limited edition: 200 copies. LP comes with different design than CD version and exclusive track “Tower of Evil (Sovereign Over All)”.



“Anemone Tube has been synonymous with the very highest quality of conceptually hyper charged drone ambient. ‘In the Vortex of Dionysian Reality’ only adds more to this setting high of the bar to new standards of intensity and passionate processing of sound in supremely and astutely philosophical realms.”
– Vital Weekly

“Some of Anemone Tube’s strongest work to date.”
– Noise Receptor

“Shoegaziges Rauschen und melancholische Schönheit.”
– African Paper

“It is built with so many different tonal changes and distortions that no matter what you choose to get out of it (…), you will be able to experience something unique.”
– Resounding Footsteps

Related to Nietzsche`s notion of the Wagnerian music drama as a revelation of the abysmal truth about man, “In the Vortex of Dionysian Reality” allures us into the Dionysian dreamland, where tragedy reigns, in pursuit of the ultimate oneness. With its washes of noise and layers of piercing feedback on a subbase of wavering synths, it is a maelstrom of sound generating a hallucinatory reality. The atmosphere oscillates between destructiveness and aggravating frenzy, between the archaic and the sacral, between frenzied passion and abyssal melancholy, serving the mythical experience of music in a world where language has failed as a method of communication and music figures as the primordial form of expression.

As he considers humanities to have reached their limit, young Nietzsche hopes to find ultimate spiritualization and idealization in the reborn myth. Music alone (“our German masters”), as the primeval form of poetry and revelation of true Dionysian wisdom, may achieve triumph over the Apollonian shallow world of apparition.

With his timely musical rendition of mythical experience as “In the Vortex of Dionysian Reality”, Anemone Tube conveys an emotionally and mentally charged album which reveals his soft spot for progressive post rock metal acts like O.L.D. /JAMES PLOTKIN, AMUSEMENT PARKS ON FIRE or BLUT AUS NORD. Their special approach of dreamy melodies vs. atonal, discordant sounds is skillfully recreated through polyphonic synths lines, which are then modulated into feedback and added for good measure.

Carrying the same title as the 2015 cassette EP release on The Epicurean, this CD with its 40+ minutes total length and five all new, yet unreleased tracks is less a mere re-release, but rather a full stand-alone album, featuring Ukrainian dark ambient artist MONOCUBE on one track, as well as including sounds by Russian avantgardists POST SCRIPTVM and sound processing by French sound artist PACIFIC 231.

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Blossoming Fern . FERN#001

Format: CD
Playtime: 44:47 min
6-panel digi-file, full color high quality natural paper.
Limited edition: 200 copies

13,- Euro
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The Epicurean t-shirts



T-shirt: Gold silkscreen on black "Gildan Ultra Cotton" t-shirt. Limited edition.
Available sizes: S (AT only), M, L and XL

17,- Euro
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The Epicurean . cure.11

La Esencia . NER015/2016

CD: 13,- Euro

LP: 21,- Euro

LP+CD: 25,- Euro
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Release date: 16 December 2016
Format: CD / 12" LP & download / 12" LP + CD
Playtime: 37:17 min

CD: CD comes in full color cardboard sleeve and white offset paper cardboard slipcase with golden typography, including a 4-page booklet. Limited edition of 144 copies, hand-numbered.

LP: Regular vinyl edition comes with golden vinyl, full color cover with spine, printed paper inner sleeve and high-quality PVC sleeve with silkscreen printed golden typography. Limited edition of 200 copies.

LP+CD: Special vinyl edition comes with black vinyl, full color cover with spine, printed paper inner sleeve and high-quality PVC sleeve with silkscreen printed golden typography, additionally incl. CD, a Thai prayer flag to keep away evil spirits and a hand numbered certificate card. Limited edition of 99 copies.


Under the headline “Litaniæ Mortuorum Discordantes” Anemone Tube and Post Scriptvm present a collaborative album with a truly unique concept: Originally applied to a particular style of ancient ritual music, in the Classical era the term Litaniae Mortuorum Discordantes attained a negative connotation and was used to criticize those compositions – which, instead of instilling listeners with the desired pious euphoria, incriminated them with a sense of dread, existential anxiety, feelings of death and decay. Finding this aesthetic choice to be most appropriate for the present era, the two post-industrial projects attempted to create their own “Discordant Death Litanies” for the XXI century.

The idea is culled from a semi-fictional biography of Johann Sebastian Bach, written by a 19th century 

Jun 202017



Our 11-track tribute to this pioneer electronic band from Marseille includes tracks from Dekad, Neutral Lies, Celluloide, Happiness Project, Auto-Immune, The Rorschach Garden, TourdeForce, Makina GirGir, Cyborgdrive, Müller Denscheidt and Sweater With A Hood A special LP edition is now available for preorder.

And there’s more:

A limited VINTAGE PACK edition with an 8-track bonus cassette is also available, including additional covers by Opera Multi Steel, Tiramist, Le Cliché, Solemn Meant Walks, Edw+Marika Divita, The Grilled Chicken Legs Brittanny Style, Oberkorn and Culcultura Don’t miss it!

Pre-order this collector item (LP or VINTAGE PACK), now!

All information about these limited edition packages, detailed in this YouTube video teaser.

All editions will of course contain a code to download the tracks in high quality. So you will have both the collector item and the digital tracks!

Our yearly revolution will take place on July 14. Every year we use the guillotine to cut the head off prices.

On this special day all our CD catalogue will be at special price, while supply last of course.

Don’t miss it! More info: www.boredomproduct.fr

(Does not apply to Broken Memory preorder)


Jun 192017

The CDR/DL issue of “XVII” (SP 010) an completely unreleased album of the late 80’s / early

90’s by the semi legendary Mr. Concept from Leicester, UK (Cassette Pioneer and once a

recording artist for Alan Jenkins Label Cordelia and also a Citizen of Concept City) got finally

it’s release on March, 7th gloriously remastered by our associate Frank E. and can be listened

to in full at our bandcamp page. Extensive linernotes & exclusive twangs inclusive.

“The Last From The Portastudio Era….. XXXVII is a CD collection of nearly all the remaining

unreleased Mr Concept tracks from the Portastudio days.

It represents the end of an era in Concept City recording history… and we had to put them

somewhere as they were cluttering up the studio.

So my dear listeners sit down and relax in the privacy of your own underwear and drift back into the



From Neo Nostalgia to Cyberpunk influenced Vaporwave the digital only debut 4 Track EP by

The Bitterman – FUTURE MEMORIES Vol. I [SP 015] is available since Janurary after quite

some time invested into graphics (by Vaesark) and concept by Adam Czarnecki who might be

known best for dark ambient project Mort Douce and his contributions to various

recommended Coil List Tribute Compilations published via ElseProduct.

This May saw the digital reissue of the 1991 Klappstuhl Tape EP “Cataplectic Episodes” by

DELTA-SLEEP INDUCING PEPTIDE [Trism 14], refurbished from the original Master and the

Artwork derivated from D.S.I.P. original minimal design. D.S.I.P. are Siegmar Fricke & Dieter

Mauson and they developed their own style of experimental ambient from 1989 to 1994.

Since 2013 they re-activated their collaboration and published five new Albums via various

Labels like Betenim Netlabel, Haze, Pharmafabrik, Noustalgie De La Bou and the latest

‘Clouding’ through Ressonus Recordings as limited Cassette and DL.

It goes without saying they are all recommended and to be judged on their own merits, the

complex sound development of Siegmar Fricke’s recent output as Pharmakustik is developed

further with an additional gentle and elegant touch in atmosphere and mood.

“experimental + subtle soundtracks which can be described as mind-cinema of the subconscious”

(D.S.I.P.) Find more infos and other remastered reissues at http://dsip2013.blogspot.de.


Out since End of May is “The Black Box” EP [SP 013] by our old ally Maurizio Pustianaz

whom I asked for something special and here are remastered excerpts of an 1986 GERSTEIN

recording session, instrumental only minimal electronic, synth, sequencers in the tradition of

the early experimental diy electronica from the UK perhaps. As bonus he added an exclusive

2017 Remake of one of the tracks and a video for this; ‘Dada Dada Dada Ist’ is also online.

Recently he issued a comprehensive collection “32 Years Of Rain” which shows his diversity

and ability to evolve through the times with his musical output.

For more info about this and other activities check www.noisebrigade.org

So with these releases we’re actually back in the chronological line and can & will continue

with SP 016 which is already assigned to Mik@’s latest collection of tracks mixed with

feelings of change and development.

It will be called “Ein Schiff wird kommen” and be a CD / DL Production.

ThisContinued Pt. 1

The Artist formerly known as Walt Thisney nowadays publishing as Rasalasad more

experimental drone ambient or hard to categorize soundscapes somewhere between the

chairs was again utterly busy this spring;

Check out Thissidence, Thissekta, Thisphoria for example.

ThisContinued Pt. 2

Digital Dizzy, the large online netlabel with hundreds of interesting releases up on

bandcamp – among them the fascinating Glove Of Bones and our favourite neo-trance Duo

CyborCosis from U.K. (see Numbers EP [SP 011] and the Trans Lives Album [SP 006] suddenly

disappeared without short notice. Only the Merzfunder Page is still active and their

soundcloud or facebook accounts.

Whatever happens with the large back catalogue is currently unknown.

ThisContinued Pt. 3

Martin 17’s solo Project Closed Circuit is currently shut down from the public focus due to

his wishes to sort his digital archive and re-present them when the time is right. This means

“The Dignity Of Labour Vol.2” [SP 005] and “House Fragments” [Schrey 006] are now

offline and unavailable until further notice. So as of now the only Closed Circuit still available

is the Closed Circuit EP from 1996 as mp3 per Amazon and the one odd track.

This also means that a seminal best of which was already close to finishing state remains


Marco Milanesio, formerly of DsorDNE and nowadays active as 9cento9 thought with his

colleagues from former projects about suggestions to reissue more of the deleted releases as

Carceri [SP 009] which is still available and they found an interested partner for repressing

their first Album “E’ Un Sole” which never was issued as CD either in Dark Entries, USA. A

Label which specializes in electronic new wave postpunk and italo disco (?) reissues

nowadays. So I’m looking forward for a remastered replica this year and also for an 12” with

exclusive mixes. Hopefully it all works out. I’ve also heard rumours about an forthcoming

Cassette (!) release of a recent Movie score he made so keep your eyes and ears open.


SP 010 Mr. Concept : XXXVII

With me being trained in matters of history, I know the title stands for ’37’ in Roman numbers

but my memory is not that well trained that I recognize the name Mr. Concept straight away from

the old cassette days (daze more likely) and yet it sounded vaguely familiar. Maybe I saw it on a

blog when those started to delve the mines for all that obscure stuff. Behind Mr. Concept is one

Rob Grant, who released his last cassette “Conceptum Umbilicus” (Concept City) twenty years

ago, then spend time of his family and gardening, and now presents eighteen pieces he recorded

from 1988 to 1992. Some of these pieces had a digital release in 2007 as “While My Sitar Gently

Beeps”, but that is now deleted and presented here as well. So what is it that Mr. Concept does,

what is his concept? I am not sure if there is really a bigger concept behind all of this, except for

making some synth pop music; armed with a guitar, a rhythm machine, bass guitar and keyboard,

plus very occasionally vocals or sampled voices, everything is recorded on a Portastudio 4-track

machine, which I guess is the classic way of going about for any good old Do It Yourself musician.

The guitar sounds from time to time quite twangy, vibrating and resonating against the beats

produced. All of this bringing us some very joyful pop tones, quite upbeat but without being

quirky. Songs are between three and four minutes (with a few exceptions, but then they are a

bit shorter) and, as said, mostly instrumental. Now, perhaps, that is the only downside to the

music; why not go the all-pop way and add more vocals or silly samples, like Margaret Thatcher

in ‘Do It’, which sounds very much retro electro from the late 80s, including that ubiquitous

political message. A bit more of those kind of vocal tracks and in any event we hope to see Mr.

Concept around earlier. (FdW)

Thanks Frans De Waard (Vital Weekly). Also thanks are due to Carsten Olbrich (Radio X) and

Lord Litter Lord Litter for Airplay from various Klappstuhl Releases !

carsten s.


For any questions, anecdotes and more ……….. feel free to contact

klappstuhl.records[at]framed-dimension.de | www.klappstuhl.bandcamp.com

Jun 152017

This Series of electro acoustic music and Musique Concrète has started in 2015 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Experimental Studio Bratislava, Exs. Series 1 introduced us to Ina Hudba/Other Music from the first generation of Slovak avant-garde composers recorded in the Exs, mostly with self-built electronic equipment behind the Iron Curtain. Series 2 provided a platform for Nova Generacia/New Generation of Slovak composers using Western equipment – now integrated in the “5 years plan” to purchase in the West…- and influenced by Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Ligeti, Pietro Grossi among others.
Series 3 called Nasi Hostia/Our Guests show casts the recordings at the Exs of foreign visiting composers like György Ligeti, Lothar Voigtländer, Liviu Dandara etc. The backbone to these unusual landmark recordings were the highly esteemed Annual International Seminars on New Music in Smolenice, Slovakia. The first Seminar held in 1968 was opened and attended by Karlheinz Stockhausen – playing his “Hymnen” for the first time abroad – for the Slovak composers an ear opener and a learning process on how “to make” this kind of “music”… In the following years New Music personalities like Ligeti, Mauricio Kagel, Lutoslawski, Gorecki, Sofia Gubajdulina etc. attended the Smolenice Seminars. – Unfortunately the partial opening of the Iron Curtain and the general cultural upsurge of the 1960’s were frozen by tanks in 1968. Neo-stalinistic “normalization” of the early 1970s violently pushed this – and not only this – creative branch beyond the borders of permitted cultural activities.
We are especially proud to offer you on this issue a World Premier: Poème Symphonique for 100 Metronomes by György Ligeti, performed and recorded in Smolenice Seminars, 1969 – approved by the composer!
Of particular interest is a student of Stockhausen and Ligeti: Liviu Dandara, Romanian, with his outstanding electro acoustic composition “Affectus Memoria” that shows his artistic development after his studies in Darmstadt. The famous East German composer Lothar Voigtländer is presented here with his never released “Meditation Sur Le Temps”, the almost forgotten Czech composer has here his “comeback” with the extraordinary “Speleofonie” – – – just to name a few East European composers to discover from the analogue past of the 70’s.

Limited numbered edition of 500 LPs inclusive a CD with all the tracks in full original lengths.


Jun 132017
Sacred Bones and Dais Records have teamed up to finally bring proper vinyl re-issues of the legendaryPsychic TV albums Pagan Day & Allegory and Self, newly remastered for the first time since their initial pressings in 1986 & 1988 respectively. These will be made available on CD & digital platforms as well.

Today the labels are sharing an archival interview with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge from 1985 discussing the ‘Godstar’ single & the new pop-oriented direction of the band. Following the interview you can also see the original official music video for ‘Godstar.’ Watch it here & find all album information below! 

Archival 1985 interview with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge & ‘Godstar’ official video
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ohFwIs58CU
(‘Godstar’ video directed by Akiko Hada | Edited by Jacqueline Castel)


Allegory and Self
Pagan Day

Psychic TV
Pagan Day
July 14, 2017
LP / CD / Digital 

Sacred Bones / Dais Records

1. Cadaques
2. We Kiss
3. Opium
4. Cold Steel
5. L.A.
6. Iceland
7. Farewell (Bonus Track)
8. Translucent Carriages
9. Paris
10. Baby’s Gone Away
11. Alice
12. New Sexuality

Shortly before Christmas 1984, the core songwriters, Genesis P-Orridge and Alex Fergusson, of underground arts collective Psychic TV quietly released a limited edition record containing sketches and ideas for songs. Some songs would become later fully-realized arrangements, some abandoned and others were just covered in praise of their creator. The record, in recognition of its seasonal release, was simply titled “A Pagan Day” and would capture the intimate songwriting sessions that were prevalent during crucial time in the band’s career.

In classic Psychic TV fashion, rumors and myths surround the albums creation.  Most have suggested that it was recorded in a single session over a cup of coffee on a lone 4-track cassette recorder above an old YMCA building in London, though later revealed that the recordings were from various sessions over the course of a couple years prior to the record’s release.   After quickly pressing the songs to vinyl, the record was originally only available through Rough Trade for a few hours on December 23, 1984 and pressed on picture discs, which adorned a photo of P-Orridge’s first born, Caresse, in exactly 999 copies.  The pressing sold out immediately that day which caused Temple Records, their “in-house label”, to later release a standard reissue version in 1986.

What makes the songs, or rather versions of songs, so unique is the primitive and fragile nature of the arrangements while the flimsy, immediate vocal delivery makes the album sit unknowingly between demo and fully realized album. “Baby’s Gone Away” and “New Sexuality” are just a couple examples of songs that fans of Psychic TV became intimately familiar with from live experiences but on “A Pagan Day”, they are released in their infantile stages with no full band, just Alex & Genesis finding their way through the songs with an acoustic guitar, drum machine and organ. “Cold Steel” shows a true peek behind the curtain, sung effortlessly by Fergusson and would then later become the classic standard “The Orchids”.  Most notably is the band’s cover of Pearls Before Swine’s “Translucent Carriages” of which P-Orridge accords special praise to Tom Rapp, the song’s original author and icon to both P-Orridge and Fergusson.

Psychic TV
Allegory & Self
July 14, 2017
LP / CD / Digital 

Sacred Bones / Dais Records

1. Godstar
2. Just Like Arcadia
3. Southern Comfort
4. We Kiss
5. She Was Surprised
6. Caresse Song
7. Starlit Mire
8. Thee Dweller
9. Being Lost
10. Baby’s Gone Away
11. Ballet Disco

Beginning in 1982, the conceptual audiovisual troupe labeled Psychic TV set out on a multimedia journey filled with subversion, liberation and rebellion. Materialized between Throbbing Gristle co-founder Genesis P-Orridge and Alternative TV songwriter Alex Fergusson, Psychic TV started pulling in familiar faces with the likes of Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson, Paula P-Orridge, Jhonn Balance, David Tibet, John Gosling and countless others.  While the members’ previous works took root in the counterculture zeitgeist of late ‘70s UK punk and conceptual art, it was no longer a question of how to rebel against authority, but rather how to carefully subvert it through collective infiltration.  Parallel to Psychic TV, its members formed the anti-cult faction The Temple of Psychick Youth, further propagating the Psychic TV message and vision.

While the ensuing years saw Psychic TV’s major label infection and record breaking live album release binge, it wasn’t until 1988 that the band started to ready itself for a chart-friendly pop endeavor in the form of “Allegory & Self”.  This would be the band’s most notable and successful endeavor but tragically, it would be the final songwriting collaboration between P-Orridge and Fergusson.  “Allegory and Self” was a perfect storm of catchy pop melody along with subversive counter-culture reference and occult leanings, packaged in a perfect bundle of underground hits.

The record’s opening track “Godstar”, a song gushing obsessive praise upon the fallen Rolling Stone’s member Brian Jones, would give the album it’s most notable identity.  Godstar’s melodic hooks and haunting, Phil Spector-era lyrical chant gives into to all the hallmarks of a chart-topping hit.   “Just Like Arcadia” and “Being Lost” follows in similar footsteps, charging along with a somewhat whimsical Beach Boys-esque pop quality.  The album also contained a sneak-peak into what direction Psychic TV was heading into going forward, apparent in the acid house number “She Was Surprised”.  Tracks like “Starlit Mire” and “Thee Dweller” reflect more of what the Psychic TV live experience was akin to in the ’80s, aggressive and hypnotic. All together, “Allegory and Self” would stand alone as the band’s signature apex from the original ’80s line-up.