Stegzy's Music Project

A commentary on Stegzy's album collection

Blood – This Mortal Coil – (#200)

on December 2, 2014

Blood - This Mortal CoilBlood – This Mortal Coil 

Back to the 4AD stable and this time with Ivo Watt’s This Mortal Coil (TMC) project.  This album appeared on many coffee tables in the 1990s until it was buried under more mature offerings by similar bands, kebab wrappers and copies of X-Files magazines. To be forgotten about until discovered once more and consigned to the “Oxfam” box.

Blood is TMCs difficult second album. There are a few good tracks where the original lineups sound demonstrated in It’ll End in Tears  is almost replicated but I think by the time you get to track 15 it’s getting a bit tiresome.

TMC take some obscure masterpieces from forgotten artists and albums like Spirit, Ray Harper and Chris Bell and give it the ethereal gothy shoegazer treatment. Crafting an album so full of mournfulness that even the person on the album cover feels sorry.

Don’t get me wrong though, this is not a bad album and it is still better than the third TMC attempt,  Filigree and Shadow. But unless you’ve come to TMC as a fanboy, hipster or wanting to feel a bit morose, then Blood is probably not your cup of bitter tears.

 

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