Coil : Backwards : after 20 year wait


Ever wondered how we as music consumers can raid the corpses of dead musicians for news and new releases as often as we do—without ever mentioning Jamie Oliver?

Being too cool and underground for a chef that is most well known for whining might be helpful, plus a constant output for 20+ years and lots of studio experiments that haven’t been released yet isn’t too much stupid shit news potential (I anxiously await the day that Nicolas Cage claims to own a Coil demo tape called “Erased Themes for The Wicker Man” though, alternative title: “Not The Bees“).

In the meantime, Coil’s archives are being unearthed, and this seems to be the result of the endless praise for the creative partnership between Sleezy and John balance that is permeating the ether of today’s electronic music zeitgeist.

Starting with the release of Nine Inch Nails‘ “ReCoiled”-EP, Cold Spring Records began a series of Coil / Nine Inch Nails collaborations being released bit by bit, legitimately going through up the archives of Trent Reznor’s now defunct Nothing Records. The second release off these archives is (drool!) a full-length Coil album called “Backwards”, and the nominal closeness to 2008’s “The New Backwards” isn’t purely coincidental.

The “Backwards” demo, finished in 1993 and handed over to Torso Records, is familiar to many Coil fans, as well as “The New Backwards”, originally released as a part of the reissue of “The Ape of Naples” in 2008, featuring some remixed versions created by Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson of the tracks created during the “Backwards” sessions – which were, after the demo was given to Torso Records, continued at Trent Reznor’s studio in the 90s.

So, after a criminally long time, we have “Backwards”, described as the missing link between 1990’s “Love’s Secret Domain” and the “Musick to Play in the Dark”-series. Among the tracks which are to be released on CD and Vinyl on october 9th via Cold Spring Records are the original versions of “A Cold Cell” and “Fire of the Mind”.

The span of relative inactivity, studio album wise, and soundtrack experimentation between 1990 and 1998 (a silence gloriously interrupted by ELpH and Black Light District releases) wasn’t empty – but the result of that time’s studio work didn’t see the light of this sorry little planet until now when Cold Spring Records dropped three excerpts off the upcoming release, coming in CD and double vinyl format, scheduled for 9th october, which can be heard on the label’s soundcloud page.

[ article by Aleks @ Post-Punk ]


Amber Rain
Fire of the Green Dragon
Be Careful What You Wish For
Nature is a Language
Heaven’s Blade
Paint Me As A Dead Soul
AYOR (It’s In My Blood)
A Cold Cell
Fire of the Mind

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