15 March 2008

Album of the Week: Nature and Organisation - Beauty Reaps the Blood of Solitude (1994)

Nature and Organisation is the brainchild of Michael Cashmore, a long time contributor to British Neofolk outfit Current 93. As such, Nature and Organisation might sound familiar to fans of Current 93 (or Death in June, for that matter). Released in 1994, Beauty Reaps the Blood of Solitude was out of print for quite some time, but was re-released in 2007.

Beauty Reaps the Blood of Solitude features a great deal of musical diversity, from acoustic folk to neoclassical to Merzbow-esque noise. The neoclassical/folk elements by and large dominant the album, however, and the end result is one of the most beautiful albums ever recorded. It is an engaging listen from beginning to end, with the possible exception of "Beauty Destroyed," which is a cacophonous wall of distorted, electronic sound (somehow appropriate, given the track's name).

All the other tracks, on the other hand, are wonderful; picking out a single one as the best of the lot is practically impossible, though if I were pressed, I would have to nominate either "Bloodstreamruns", "Tears for an Eastern Girl" or "Bonewhiteglory".

Only recently have I begun to explore Neofolk music, and it is largely because of this album. It may be hard to find, but it is well worth the effort to procure it.

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