A really great package – one that brings together the legendary Swastikas for Noddy album by Current 93 – plus its partner record Crooked Crosses For The Nodding God
! The core record is one of the greatest moments ever from Current 93 – and a record that showed that the group had far more musicality than we might have expected from their more noise-heavy records! The approach here is a weird, twisted variation on British acid folk – filtered very strongly through a Wicker Man aesthetic, but with an even creepier vibe overall – as David Tibet and crew have no problem turning their talents towards a variety of spooky subjects! The songs feel ancient, but they get this even weirder 80s underground presentation – in a mix of traditional instrumentation on acoustic guitar, harmonium, cello, harpsichord, and other older instruments – layered with slight currents of noise and weird effects all put together by Tibet and David P. Performers include Boyd Rice, Steven Stapleton, Rose McDowall, and HOH – and titles include the sublime "Coal Black Smith", plus "One Eye North", "Benediction", "Panzer Rune", "Black Flowers Please", "Scarlet Woman", "Since Yesterday", "The Stair Song", and "Summer Of Love". Crooked Crosses For The Nodding God
is essentially a reworking of the Swastikas album – re-recorded, re-mixed, and re-structured – but with a wonderfully similar vibe!
(Great pressing – on heavy colored vinyl, and with insert!)