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Coil: Musick To Play In The Dark Volume One (Chalice GRAALCD003 CD)

Biba Kopf, Wire, The, August 1999

FOR THOSE nervous souls whose hearts skip a beat when things go bump in the night, bedding down in the dark with Coil music is a mortifying prospect. But holding enchantment as well as terror, the night is as much the domain of sexual play, recuperation and regeneration as it is the domain of death and decay. Born under Maldoror's black sun, Coil have always vividly hymned the night, even undergoing prolonged bouts of sleep deprivation to attain the extra-sensitised state between waking and dreaming, that is most conducive to exploring its darkest hours. There can be few guides better qualified to negotiate its shadows, key into its moods and unlock its very special pleasures.

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