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)


  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.

    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

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

  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)