Coil ‎– Musick To Play In The Dark²

Chalice ‎– Graal cd005
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1 Something 5:04
2 Tiny Golden Books 12:21
3 Ether 11:34
4 Paranoid Inlay 7:19
5 An Emergency
Vocals [Uncredited] – Rose McDowall
6 Where Are You?
Vocals [Uncredited] – Rose McDowall
7 Batwings (A Limnal Hymn) 11:32

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A Chalice Recording. Made in England.
This album is dedicated with love and ether to Tim d'Arch Smith and R.H.

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  • Barcode (Text): 5 021958 406824
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5021958406824
  • Matrix / Runout: WORLDSERPENT GRAAL4CD 01 6
  • Matrix / Runout (Inner CD ring): MADE IN UK BY PMDC
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L136
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 0446

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Graal lp004 Coil Musick To Play In The Dark²(LP + LP, S/Sided, Etch + Album, Ltd, Num, Pea) Chalice Graal lp004 UK 2000 Sell This Version
GRAAL 004LP Coil Musick To Play In The Dark²(LP + LP, S/Sided, Etch + , Ltd, Blu) Chalice GRAAL 004LP UK 2000 Sell This Version
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Graal cd005 Coil Musick To Play In The Dark²(CD, Album, RE, Sec) Chalice Graal cd005 UK 2000 Sell This Version
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March 19, 2016
edited 3 months ago

If you love music to play in the dark 1 you will love this album .
The music Expresses magic and beauty .

Favorite tracks :
Something - Great opening // lots of wind and Wind Whistle by electronic sounds with whispering voice -Something Something Something

Where Are You? - Minimal music with the beautiful touching voices of John Balance and Rose mcdowall ,the hypnotic atmosphere gives you the feeling that you are inside a dream.The visions from the music connect perfectly with the album cover .

Batwings (A Limnal Hymn)- This song is the ultimate magic !

The track starts with strange sound effects and organ
with John Balance spoken word in a low volume,
after 7 minutes Balance raises his voice- he sings and prays in a strange foreign language,
Now the singing is louder and comes from 2 different channels. The voices are so clear and beautiful,
you feel that this is the only sound in the world, near the end (The 11th Minute ) only one voice remains,the voice repeats the same line a few times until the end.


May 7, 2014
Having horribly neglected COIL since the late 90s and due to the fact that they are no more, RIP P.C>J.B - i thought it was time i caught up with their catalogue now that downloading has helped with obtaining this very expensive groups discography. This album and its companion are beautiful LPs and i cant believe i didn't hear these when they came out. Never mind. I am now blissfully wallowing in there entire repertoire. I must admit though, Loves Secret Domain is my personal fave.


May 27, 2004

The sequel to volume 1 and possibly the second best Coil album(volume 1 being just superior).
This begins with 'Something'.John Balance's voice switches bewteen the left and right speaker voicing the song title.This is joined by swirling wind effects and droning keys before more vocals come in which are hard to discern but seem to say 'i know why the birdcage sings'.
Track 2,'Tiny Golden Books'is to this LP what 'Red Birds...' was to volume 1.It begins with high pitched chimes which seem to disturb your ears in an almost painful way.The track then evolves into a sweeping dance epic and recalls the Orb's 'A Huge Evergrowing Pulsating Brain That Rules From the Centre of the Universe'.It's a very otherworldly track,which is a feeling reinforced by the vocals talking about visitors leaving 'without a sound'.
Track 3,Ether,is one of the greatest Coil songs ever written.It starts with a few minutes of distorted piano before the melancholy piano riff begins properly.Thighpaulsandra lays more piano over this riff,as John sings/talks a lament to the drug Ether.There is a triple meaning going on here as ether also refers to the clear sky and a fabricated element lying invisble between all things.The lyrics themselves are Coil at their best:
'Ether is a thief,it's stolen my belief.'
'I've changed my mind,it's what it's there for.'
'I'm going upstairs now,to turn my mind off.'
The next track is 'Paranoid Inlay'.It's quite trippy but follows the same pattern as the other songs;a repeating melody,spoken vocals,and weird glitches that represent a digital fire crackling.
'An Emergency' is a very short song with vocals by Rose Mcdowall(Current 93,Strawberry Switchblade,Rosa Mundi).
'Where are You?' is another of the best tracks.Very melancholic and moody.
Finally,'Batwings',is another epic which has a descending sine-wave synth riff with spoken words over the top.The 13 minute track ends with a wall of singing in a weird language which is probably been created by Coil.
This is moon musick indeed.