THE REMOTE VIEWER
Original Issue: 2002 Threshold House (No Number - Limited to 500 Copies)
Reissue: 2006 Threshold House (thbkk 01) Buy It
Margot-meter: 4,5 moons / 5
01 - Remote Viewing 1
02 - Remote Viewing 2
03 - Remote Viewing 3
My respects to the late Jhon Balance for changing my life forever with his chanting.
A Review :
More in the vein of Coil's epic ambient work than their techno and industrial experiments, these tracks are nonetheless more dynamic than the extended drone pieces of ANS or Time Machines. In addition to the electronic experimentation and studio remixing of founding members Jhonn Balance and Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson and regular collaborators Simon Norris, Thighpaulsandra, and Danny Hyde, The Remote Viewer also includes contributions by Celtic folk musicians Cliff Stapleton (on the hurdy-gurdy, a sort of mechanical fiddle) and Mike York (on the Breton bagpipes).
It is these hauntingly weird but organic groans and wails that give this such a unique feel, a bittersweet and timeless melancholy that transcends the more clinical abstraction of purely electronic music.
"Remote Viewing One" is the most straightforward of this album's original offerings, a 20-minute meditation of looping scrapes, drones, and buzzes that gradually wander between gentle dissonance and otherworldly harmony. After "Remote Viewing 2," a sort of sound collage of slurping and scraping, the pipes and hurdy-gurdy return on "Remote Viewing 3" in a reprise of the first track, but this time more chaotic and rhythmic elements weave their way into the mix with high-pitched squeaks and chirps, while a subtle tribal drumbeat drives things from beneath.
A brilliant example of Coil's instrumental work, The Remote Viewer is a masterful blend of ambient folk atmosphere and postmodernist electronic psychedelia.
Matthew Johnson - Re:Gen Magazine - 2006