BY A.D. AMOROSI
With memories of Throbbing Gristle still fresh and the Some Bizarre label still young (and yes, bizarre) Genesis P-Orridge, Peter Christopherson and company dropped the second of Psychic TV’s immolating mix of industrial morass, eerily sonorous pop and danceable (well, maybe St. Vitus’ Dance-able) electronic music. As they had since PTV’s 1979 start, Orridge and Christopherson tore into the cut-and-paste mindset of William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin to make a claim toward random lyricism on this, their sophomore album.
Their voices, when recognizable in a Syd Barrett-like coo, could be gently droning instruments – cool breezes set upon the hot winds of white noise and densely orchestrated arrangements. Keeping Wild Bill and Brion in mind, Orridge and Christopherson stuck to their T-Gristle guns and creased their gutsy feline soundscapes with creepy found sounds and erotic/exotic instrumentation like Tibetan thighbones. Few artists save for Orridge could make a thighbone seem as ordinary yet extraordinary as organ’s whirr and a guitar’s slash.
This first-ever reissue comes with an additional volume of unissued tracks along with some era-appropriate ephemera. It was pressed in a limited edition of 1000 copies (first 320 on red vinyl), featuring a 12 page booklet with liners from Orridge.
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