Current 93 ‎– HoneySuckle Æons

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Kingdom 0:41
Moon 5:02
Persimmon 4:07
Cuckoo 4:06
Jasmine 3:48
Lily 4:37
Pomegranate 6:01
Honeysuckle 3:04
Sunflower 3:39
Planet 1:48
Queendom 0:44

Versions (8)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
NIFE 012CD Current 93 HoneySuckle Æons(CD, Album) Coptic Cat NIFE 012CD UK 2011 Sell This Version
NIFE 012V, NIFE 013V Current 93 HoneySuckle Æons + Drank HoneySuckle Æons(LP, Pic, TP, W/Lbl, Ltd, S/Sided + LP, TP, W/Lbl, ) Coptic Cat, Coptic Cat NIFE 012V, NIFE 013V UK 2011 Sell This Version
NIFE 012V Current 93 HoneySuckle Æons(LP, Album) Coptic Cat NIFE 012V US 2011 Sell This Version
NIFE 012V Current 93 HoneySuckle Æons(LP, Album, Pic) Coptic Cat NIFE 012V UK 2011 Sell This Version
NIFE 012V Current 93 HoneySuckle Æons(LP, Album, Whi) Coptic Cat NIFE 012V UK 2011 Sell This Version
none Current 93 HoneySuckle Æons(11xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Not On Label (Current 93 Self-released) none Canada 2014
THE SPHERES THIRTEEN Current 93 HoneySuckle Æons(LP, Album, Ltd, TP) The Spheres THE SPHERES THIRTEEN UK 2014 Sell This Version
NIFE 012V Current 93 HoneySuckle Æons(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Gol) Coptic Cat NIFE 012V UK 2017 Sell This Version

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bullfinchart

bullfinchart

May 30, 2016
referencing HoneySuckle Æons, CD, Album, NIFE 012CD
The artwork has this one from the off: the stark and minimal black and white cover is the complete opposite of the previous few albums (especially immediate predecessor Baalstorm, Sing Omega), and fittingly the multi-coloured psychedelic sound of those albums has been gradually stripped back to piano, organ and theremin here.

While it might be tempting to compare Honeysuckle Aeons to 1998's piano-led Soft Black Stars, the similarities are few: the music here is much darker than the wistful ...Stars, Armen Ra's theremin adding a ghostly presence to most of the tracks. Furthermore, Baby Dee's compositions are fine, but nothing here compares with the elegant beauty of Michael Cashmore's compositions on the aforementioned album. 'Pomegrante' and its short reprise 'Planet' come closest, both haunted by a beautiful longing.

While the album's feel is stripped back and minimal throughout, there is some variety between pieces. On the middle-eastern sounding 'Cuckoo' and 'Lily', Eliot Bates reprises his role from Baalstorm..., playing oud, bendir and erbane. Away from the piano stool, Baby Dee sounds more at home providing some proggy sounding organ on 'Jasmine' and 'Honeysuckle'.

The album is dedicated to the memories of Peter Christopherson and Sebastian Horsley, although direct references to their death's are scant in the lyric booklet. Instead, we're treated to some of the most baffling lyrics of Tibet's career. David has a sense of humour, and I'm sure he too could appreciate the absurdity of opening a song by wailing "breastnight!"

If Honeysuckle Aeons is refreshingly intimate in comparison to the 'hallucinatory supergroup' sound of the previous trilogy, it also feels slight and unfinished as an album. There is some great material on the album, most of which will be of interest to long-time fans of the band, but overall it is one of the least essential of Current 93's major albums.
DavidSilv

DavidSilv

April 18, 2016
referencing HoneySuckle Æons, LP, Album, Whi, NIFE 012V
Not a good pressing,some surface noise in the some parts of the records.
kattamuuran

kattamuuran

April 5, 2011
referencing HoneySuckle Æons, CD, Album, NIFE 012CD

i don't really consider current 93 a "casual fans' band." their sound is deep, mystical and profound, and most people are either very into it, or it's not for them. that being said, it's hard to really "review" a new C93 release, but i just got my copy last night and gave it a spin in a quiet, meditative space, and i do feel compelled to register my satisfaction for this album. musically it somewhat follows on the themes exposed in their previous album, baalstrom... however, some new instruments are added to the mix, most notably a theramin, which is used to great effect.

lyrically, david's words remain as deep and subjective as ever, and most listeners therefore will likely have a similar subjective reaction, and i don't think i would do the words any justice by commenting on them much more than that. i will say, however, that with baalstrom, david completed a "trilogy" of related albums with related concepts, and so here we see a bit of a new direction. like all C93, the words will become deeper with repeat listens.

for me personally, C93's music, especially that which he has released in the past 20 years, has become sacred to me. C93, along with coil, and more recently ulver is truly magickal music, as J.Balance once put it in an interview. if your a fan, hopefully you have already been enjoying this record, and if not, what are you waiting for??? :)