Genre/Influences: Experimental, industrial.
Background/Info: John Balance and Peter Christopherson entered into history with their Coil project as one of the uncontested leaders of the experimental/industrial music genre. Their debut album “Scatology” remains a truly reference. “Stolen & Contaminated Songs” was originally released in 1992 on Threshold House. The opus revealed unreleased songs and ideas that were composed during the period of “Love’s Secret Domain”-album (1991). This album has been now released for the very first time in the CD format.
Content: Coil has never repeated them and that’s what this work clearly reveals. The songs are a sonic mishmash covering a wide range of influences, which are much more than only experimental. You get neo-classic passages, a tribal inspired part, a jazzy experiment, industrial chanson, cinematographic music and electronics sounding as techno ‘avant la lettre’.
+ + + : Coil has been always a visionary project exorcising the weirdest and diversified influences. That’s what this album stands for and the least I can say is that they felt comfortable dealing with all of these styles. The electro-driven “Nasa-Arab” is a perfect illustration of their avant-garde approach, but also the jazzy-driven “Omlagus Garfungiloops” and the industrial-chanson emerging at “Love’s Secret Domain (Original Mix)”.
– – – : Some cuts are pretty short and unachieved, and I’m especially missing the darkness from the early Coil years.
Conclusion: It always is pure fun getting back to the discography of this legendary and influential band.
Best songs: “Nasa-Arab”, “Love’s Secret Domain (Original Mix)”, “Further”, “Who’ll Tell?”, “Omlagus Garfungiloops”.
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