It’s been 20 years since the last Crime & The City Solution record, which, even in today’s reunion culture, makes the release of American Twilight on Mute feel like an event. Particularly if you consider yourself a fan Simon Bonney’s ’80s outfit, a band who unfairly never quite got a foothold on the post-punk top tier due to endless comparisons to fellow Australian-Berlin transplants Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds who shared both a love of creaking Southern Gothic and handful of personnel (both Rowland S Howard and Mick Harvey played in C&CS line-up in the early incarnation). This record doesn’t tinker with the original formula that Bonney thrashed out in a debached Berlin all those years ago, but serves as a vital, blood-red statement of undiluted intent. Welcome back.
Not only are we hosting the video premiere of “Goddess”, the grizzled first single taken from the album, but we’re accompanying it with a 15-still Frame x Frame featuring commentary by C&CS guitarist and longstanding Einstürzende Neubauten member Alexander Hacke. It all makes perfect sense…
The Eagle The Sky
A Sword. The Children of the Voice. Disposing Intelligence. Gemini—Air.
What does Love ask of me?
Representing Man between Vice and Virtue, while a winged genius threatens Vice with his dart.
The Singer of the Song
Positioned in the Center.
Intelligence of Transparency. Mercury.
Where do I look for magic?
The figure of a juggler, one hand upraised holding a wand, the Symbol of Will.
The Palm of the Hand.
The wheel hub wherefrom the force of the five elements spring.
The Lord of the Forces of Life. Intelligence of Conciliation. Jupiter.
What rises? What falls?
On the ascending side is an animal ascending, and on the descending side is a sort of monkey descending; both forms are bound to a wheel. Above is the form of an angel, holding a sword in one hand and a crown in the other.
The Snake In The Desert
Strength—The Daughter of the Flaming Sword.
The Intelligence of all the Activities of the Spiritual Being. Leo—Fire.
How is it done?
A woman crowned, who calmly and without effort, closes the jaws of a furious lion.
The Spirit of Aether. Scintillating Intelligence. Liberty. Show me the way.
Before him, the butterfly of Pleasure luring him on.
Man of the Mountain
A Hand, means of action and symbol of creative energy.
Eternal Voice. Intelligence of Will. Virgo—Earth.
What can I learn? In his right hand the lantern.
An Eye. The Gates of Matter, the Child of the Forces of Time. Renovating Intelligence.
What have I lost? What blocks me from returning? What illusory chains hold me?
The Image of Fate or Fatality, good or evil.
Child of the Powers of the Waters. The Triumph of Light.
Intelligence of the House of Influence. Cancer – Water
What am I leaping into at this time of my life?
Drawn by two horses, one of which looks straight forward, while the other turnes his head towards him.
Reflecting Scorpio’s generation through putrefaction. Child of Great Transformers.
Lord of the Gate. Imaginative Intelligence. Scorpio—Water.
Why do we have to die? Mowing down heads in a meadow like grass.
Gate of the Supernal. Daughter of the Mighty Ones.
Illuminating Intelligence. What is my passion? Venus.
Winged and crowned, seated upon a throne. Result of the Union.
Bird Of Prey
Connects with His Foundation. The Daughter of the Reconcilers, the Bringer forth of Life. Tentative Intelligence. Sagittarius—Fire.
Current situation. Alternative. Possible middle way. Needed approach.
An Angel with the sign of the Sun on her brow, pouring liquid from one vessel into another.
Travelling across the Abyss. The Silver Star. Uniting Intelligence. The Moon.
How can I be true to it?
The solar cross upon her breast and the book of Science open in her hand.
Daughter of the Firmament. Dweller between the Waters.
Natural Intelligence. Aquarius—Air.
Hope. Guidance. Peace. Healing
Above her shines the Blazing Star.
Trees and plants grow beneath her magic influence (and on one the butterfly of Psyche alights).
Ox—Goad. Ruler of the Balance. Faithful Intelligence. Libra—Air
What part do I play? Equilibrium. Between the two Columns.
Dark Night Of The Soul
The Back of the Head. The Ruler of Flux and Reflux. The Corporeal Intelligence. Pisces.
What lies in the deep? What stirs it awake? What will it reveal?
The Moon shining in the heavens, drops of dew falling, a wolf and a dog howling at the Moon and halted at the foot of two towers, a path which loses itself in the horizon and is sprinkled with drops of blood, a crayfish, the sign Cancer, crawls through water in the foreground towards the land.
The Window. Understanding whereby the Light reaches us. The Emperor.
Son of the Morning. Constituting Intelligence. Aries—Fire
How am I weak? How am I strong? What are the rules?
PVT the Australian three piece who make wildly percussive, motorik pop (Oz-rock anyone?) are in the studio preparing their fourth album. We have zero in the way of concrete details, but the band have kindly pointed us in the direction of some bonus tracks from their last album Church With No Magic on their soundcloud page which you can listen to below. And whilst we are the subject, why not reaquaint yourselves with our Slices feature on the band from last year.
Flume is not even in his twenties but very soon, we reckon this young Australian is going making waves with his half-stepping beats and nagging melodies. R&B dragged through the digital dimension, and spat out at the after-party his music is a heady brew of nostalgic hooks and futuristic arrangements. With his first release -the ‘Sleepless EP’ about to drop on Future Classic (download the track ‘Over You’ at the bottom of the page) we thought as the perfect introduction to EB readers we would ask Flume to get stuck in to 10 x 4 .
Favourite part of the day to create?
Daytime is over rated. For me its all about the night time production sessions! Pretty much all my best work is done during late night six hour music binges.
First musical love?
Believe it or not, my first real musical love was with a genre named trance. When I was about 9 years old I heard a friends older brother playing it in his room. From the second those lush trance chords started playing, I was hooked.
Even today, trance music has a strong influence on the beats i’m producing. There’s something about euphoric chord progressions that I will never get over.
Last musical love?
One thing you cannot live with out?
Caffeine, is my drug of choice. It gets the creative juices flowing. Behind every track I make, there’s a fresh pot of lovely coffee.
One thing you would live without if you could?
Well I do love the saxophone. I’ve played it for years, but not so much anymore. I have always been quite fond of the piano, learning to play it is definitely on the ‘to do’ list.
The amount of love for Sleepless.
Last thing that inspired you?
An artist from the states ‘Shlohmo’ recently remixed Burials track ‘Shell Of Light’. A beautiful piece of work.
A place to create?
I write all my music in my home studio. But when it comes to new ideas, they often come about whilst surfing, waiting for waves. Long car rides.. In the shower.. Anywhere relaxing is a place for new ideas.
About six months ago my computer went haywire, some stuff worked, some stuff didn’t. I have a whole bunch of different plugins, but It limited me to only being able to use one synth. It was funny because it actually pushed me to be more creative and to use what i had. Rather than scrolling through endless banks of presets, i was making my own. Tracks were coming together faster. Its not really a secret, but it’s golden. ‘Less is more’.
Flume – Over You feat. Anthony For Cleopatra (EB Exclusive) by Electronic Beats
Finally. The second album by The Avalanches, which has been over ten years in the making, is just about ready. Or it is according to Modular boss Steve Pavlovic who will be releasing the album through his Modular Recordings imprint early next year.
Speaking to Australian website The Music Network, Pavlovic explained that bar "some tweaking to the production elements" the album is finished, and new music from the band will be heard later this year. Accordingly the band are celebrating the finishing of the album with "a little party".
Since the release of their debut album Since I Left You in 2000, about seven total sea changes have occurred in the world of ‘electronic’ music, but interest about The Avalanches has waned little with the album appearing in many best albums of the decade lists.