Carl McCoy has discovered the magic of digital distribution. Over at the Fields of the Nephilim website, he’s offering two tracks off his latest chaos musick masterpiece, Mourning Sun. Well, he’s offering a monumental opus that compresses the howling frustration of “Xiberia” and the luminous paean “Straight To The Light.” A pound fifty gets you the twelve minute rapture. The tracks have been remixed: some of the more arcane noises and layers stripped out, an acoustic opening has been added, some vocal effects have been tweaked in the mix, and more guitar work has been added in places. For as often as I listen to the whole record, this is a rather brilliant distillation of the work that manages to retain all of its majesty and power.
Okay, with the exchange rate, it’s probably closer to $2.50. But he takes Paypal. Twelve minutes! Go, trust me on this. Give Carl some of your pocket change so that he keeps doing this.
(And I love that he added the above picture to the site around the beginning of the new year. It’s an awake face as compared to the slumbering visage on the album cover, a hint that the next stage is about to begin.)