Thunder Perfect Mind (Current 93 album)

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Thunder Perfect Mind
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Studio album by
Released28 July 1992
RecordedSeptember 1990 - February 1992
StudioTopic Studios, North London
Genre Apocalyptic folk
Experimental
Length78:45
Label Durtro
Producer David Tibet
Current 93 chronology
As the World Disappears
(1991)
Thunder Perfect Mind
(1992)
Current 93/Death In June/Sol Invictus
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Pitchfork Media (9.3/10) [1]

Thunder Perfect Mind is an album by the English group Current 93. It contains two tracks based on the Gnostic poem The Thunder, Perfect Mind , which also gave the album its name. Thunder Perfect Mind has a companion album by the same name recorded by Nurse With Wound, released at the same time, though the two albums have little in common with each other musically.

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to the west and Scotland to the north. The Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.

Current 93 British band

Current 93 are a British experimental music group, working since the early 1980s in folk-based musical forms. The band was founded in 1982 by David Tibet.

The Thunder, Perfect Mind is an exhortatory poem discovered among the Gnostic manuscripts at in the Nag Hammadi library in 1945.

Contents

The album is one of David Tibet's more personal records, with several songs dedicated to friends, colleagues and people he had met. "All The Stars Are Dead Now" consists of a startling prophecy given to Tibet one night by the Planh of William Blake, while the epic "Hitler As Kalki (SDM)" is dedicated to "my father, who fought Hitler." The liner notes indicate that some believed Hitler was Kalki, the tenth and final incarnation of Vishnu, who would destroy the cosmos upon a white horse at the end of each world cycle.

David Tibet British musician and artist

David Tibet is a British poet and artist who founded the music group Current 93, of which he is the only full-time member.

A genre of the troubadours, the planh or plaing is a funeral lament for "a great personage, a protector, a friend or relative, or a lady." Its main elements are expression of grief, praise of the deceased (eulogy) and prayer for his or her soul. It is descended from the medieval Latin planctus.

William Blake English poet and artist

William Blake was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. What he called his prophetic works were said by 20th-century critic Northrop Frye to form "what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language". His visual artistry led 21st-century critic Jonathan Jones to proclaim him "far and away the greatest artist Britain has ever produced". In 2002, Blake was placed at number 38 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. While he lived in London his entire life, except for three years spent in Felpham, he produced a diverse and symbolically rich œuvre, which embraced the imagination as "the body of God" or "human existence itself".

Original pressings contained a portrait of David Tibet's face, while later pressings contained a drawing of a startled cat drawn by Louis Wain. On its 2003 re-release, the cover sported Tibet's face again, though a second re-issue a year later on Durtro Jnana Records (due to World Serpent's sudden disappearance) featured a beige-toned pattern across the portrait. These later pressings included a bonus disc titled The Thunder, Perfect Mind which contained outtakes and alternate mixes of songs, as well as five live tracks recorded in Paris on December 15, 1990. All of the studio tracks save "Red House" and an acoustic version of "Anyway, People Die" had previously appeared on Emblems: The Menstrual Years .

Louis Wain English artist

Louis Wain was an English artist best known for his drawings, which consistently featured anthropomorphized large-eyed cats and kittens. In his later years he may have suffered from schizophrenia, which, according to some psychiatrists, can be seen in his works.

World Serpent Distribution British record company

World Serpent Distribution was a British record label and music distribution house formed in the 1990s by David Gibson, Alan Trench and Alison Webster. Douglas Pearce of Death In June coined the company name in 1991, World Serpent being another name for Jörmungandr.

Paris Capital of France

Paris is the capital and most populous city of France, with an area of 105 square kilometres and an official estimated population of 2,140,526 residents as of 1 January 2019. Since the 17th century, Paris has been one of Europe's major centres of finance, diplomacy, commerce, fashion, science, and the arts. The City of Paris is the centre and seat of government of the Île-de-France, or Paris Region, which has an estimated official 2019 population of 12,213,364, or about 18 percent of the population of France. The Paris Region had a GDP of €709 billion in 2017. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit Worldwide Cost of Living Survey in 2018, Paris was the second most expensive city in the world, after Singapore, and ahead of Zürich, Hong Kong, Oslo and Geneva. Another source ranked Paris as most expensive, on a par with Singapore and Hong Kong, in 2018.


Track listing

All songs written by Current 93, except "When The May Rain Comes" (cover of the song "May Rain" by German experimental band Sand).

  1. "A Beginning" – 0:44
  2. "The Descent of Long Satan and Babylon" – 3:00
  3. "A Sadness Song" – 4:14
  4. "A Song for Douglas After He's Dead" – 4:58
  5. "In the Heart of the Wood and What I Found There" – 2:50
  6. "Mary Waits in Silence" – 2:56
  7. "A Silence Song" – 5:27
  8. "A Lament for My Suzanne" – 4:20
  9. "Riverdeadbank" – 3:46
  10. "All the Stars Are Dead Now" – 9:06
  11. "Rosy Star Tears from Heaven" – 3:05
  12. "When the May Rain Comes" – 3:24
  13. "Thunder Perfect Mind I" – 5:05
  14. "Thunder Perfect Mind II" – 2:21
  15. "Hitler As Kalki (SDM)" – 16:28
  16. "A Sad Sadness Song" – 4:40
  17. "An Ending" – 2:21 originally a hidden track

The Thunder, Perfect Mind (2003 bonus disc)

  1. "Suzanne: She and I in Darkness We Lay and Lie" – 4:26
  2. "Red House" – 0:28
  3. "Our Lady of Horsies" – 6:34
  4. "Anyway, People Die" – 1:46
  5. "Silence As Christine" – 2:24
  6. "Maldoror Is Ded Ded Ded Ded" – 12:10
  7. "They Return to Their Earth" – 6:18
  8. "In Sadness Sang" – 4:19
  9. "'Khor Ba'i Nyes Dmigs (Live)"
  10. "Lament for Her (Live)" – 3:59
  11. "A Song for Douglas After He's Dead (Live)" – 6:14
  12. "They Return to Their Earth (for My Christ Thorn) (Live)" – 6:52
  13. "A Song for Douglas After He's Dead (Rebirth) (Live)" – 5:43

Personnel

Steven Peter Stapleton is a British musician and the only constant member of experimental improv outfit Nurse with Wound. He is often seen as one of the pioneers of the British industrial music scene, alongside bands such as Throbbing Gristle, Coil and Psychic TV, although in his music he has explored a wide range of styles, including free-form improvisation, folk, and even Latin American dance rhythms.

Guitar Fretted string instrument

The guitar is a fretted musical instrument that usually has six strings. It is typically played with both hands by strumming or plucking the strings with either a guitar pick or the finger(s)/fingernails of one hand, while simultaneously fretting with the fingers of the other hand. The sound of the vibrating strings is projected either acoustically, by means of the hollow chamber of the guitar, or through an electrical amplifier and a speaker.

Douglas P., is an English folk musician, record label owner, photographer and actor who records under the name Death in June. He was born in Sheerwater in Woking, Surrey, and resides in Australia.

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References

  1. Stosuy, Brandon. Thunder Perfect Mind review pitchforkmedia.com. 2004-02-05. Retrieved on 2012-11-10.