Re-issue of Black Light District aka Coil

Dais Records announced their re-issue of a fascinating project from the ceremonial magicians who comprised seminal Industrial band, Coil:

For those who shine darkly… During the transitional period in which Coil’s primary leadership (Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson and John Balance) reorganized their creative direction by taking on new membership in the group through their inclusion of Drew McDowall, Coil took a drastic turn towards the metaphysical unknown. Employing the subtle handiwork of Coil’s “real life” members, as well as the cleverly guised aliases and spiritual collaborators, the band chose to filter their identity through a the nome de guerre, Black Light District, setting the precedent of Coil’s future exploration of otherworldly influence.

Recorded during the Winter of 1995/96, Black Light District reflects more on their formal avant-garde pursuits and academic interests rather than their industrial pedigree resume. Starting off with an obvious nod to John Cage with their introductory “Unprepared Piano”, the tone is prepared in exactly the same way… unpredictable. Conceptually abstract, Black Light District shows Coil’s old guard disregarding the pop rhythms found on previous albums, such as Love’s Secret Domain, and fully embracing their experimental electronic trajectory. Subtle patterns of looping melancholy and malaise are placed delicately underneath ghostly electronic timbre. Approaching their creative method as something from the beyond, another realm in which sounds blur and performers seemingly appear from the ether.

Remastered by engineer Josh Bonati and supervised by Coil’s Drew McDowall, the double LP vinyl release is packaged in a beautiful matte 24pt stock gatefold jacket.


Frater Lux Ad Mundi


    • Dais Records newsletter about this re-release rec’d today. So either the label is behind on getting info out – or this is a new re-pressing. If this music is of interest to you, perhaps you should get on their mailing list.

  1. In 2018 you could get it on CD too. This is just Dais putting some more vinyl on the market to bring in some cash.

    • true – this is what record labels do. meanwhile, feel free not to purchase one. I’m not going to.

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