Monday, June 4, 2018

Coil - Moon's Milk (In Four Phases) (2002)


Previously on OPIUM HUM:
ELpH vs. Coil - Worship the Glitch (1995)
Coil - Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil (2000)

The other day, a commenter asked me for an all-time top 10 list, and despite having whipped it up with relatively little hemming and hawing, I actually stand behind it -- for the interested, it can be found in the comments section of this post. Obviously, there are a few other albums that just as well could have been included -- Low's The Curtain Hits the Cast springs to mind -- but overall, I can't really think of many albums that I like more than those ones.

So now that I'm on a favorites kick: Coil are, obviously, one of my all-time favorite artists, and Moon's Milk, which runs the gamut from beautiful, organic-sounding drone to cryptic spoken word over minimal synth to digitally annihilated noise, is definitely some of their best work. It's technically a compilation of four EPs, each one representing one of the seasons and released accordingly, but, as you could guess, it plays out phenomenally as a whole.

Track listing:
   -Disc One-
1. Moon's Milk or Under an Unquiet Skull, Part One
2. Moon's Milk or Under an Unquiet Skull, Part Two
3. Bee Sting
4. Glowworms/Waveforms
5. Summer Substructures
6. A Warning from the Sun (For Fritz) / Amethyst Deceivers (Live)
   -Disc Two-
1. Regel
2. Rosa Decidua
3. Switches
4. The Auto-Asphyxiating Hierophant
5. Amethyst Deceivers
6. A White Rainbow
7. North
8. Magnetic North
9. Christmas Is Now Drawing Near

Pay your respects to the vultures...
... for they are your future

You should also listen to:
Steven Stapleton & Tony Wakeford -
Revenge of the Selfish Shellfish (1992)
Various Artists - Infernal Proteus
(A Musical Herbal)
(2002)

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for this one, and also for pointing to your earlier post of "The Curtain Hits the Cast." I can't hear enough of Low, it seems. Coil is a taste I'm slowly acquiring, with major assistance from you. Cheers --

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  3. I seem to remember you saying you might post a list of your favorite all-time metal albums at some point...? (Wishful thinking on my part?) Given all the crazy-good shit I've found via your last couple of year-end lists, I'd be intrigued to take a gander.

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    1. Been working on a black metal top 100 that I might just turn into a top 50 if I keep dragging ass, also half-assedly working on a doom one. Hopefully they'll both be posted in the next few months

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    2. Excellent! Sounds like we have similar working methods...

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  4. Ooh! Can we all play Top Ten Lists?

    Here's mine, no particular order:

    Bing Crosby/Rosemary Clooney - Fancy Meeting You Here
    Spanky & Our Gang - Without Rhyme Or Reason
    Ike Quebec - Blue & Sentimental
    Santana - Caravanserai
    Captain Beefheart - Safe As Milk
    Allman Brothers Band - Brothers & Sisters
    Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
    Frank Sinatra - A Swingin' Affair
    Frank Zappa - Uncle Meat
    Byrds - Notorious

    (Not hip so much, then)

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