Both the Studio and Live recorded ‘Birth Canal Blues’ EPs (2008), and previous ‘Inerrant Rays Of Infallible Sun’ split 10” with Om (2006) had introduced a more contemporary rock-infused doom and drone aesthetic to Current 93’s already multifaceted sound, and further evidence of this new direction is prevalent here on ‘Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain’. The record ebbs and flows between intense, fuzzy, cacophonous guitars and rolling percussion, hazy electronic drones and washes, and more pensive folk and ambient compositions, all a highly complimentary vehicle for Tibet’s uniquely chilling, sensational vocal delivery.
Dark, unsettling and deeply beautiful, ‘Aleph’ evolves so fluidly and showcases yet another side to Tibet’s broad, expansive body of output. Equally, it also represents an unusually inviting and accessible entry-point for newcomers to Current 93’s incredible canon. A timeless, compelling and quite remarkable album that’s as heavy and bombastic as it is immersive and psychedelic.