Current 93 are an English experimental music group, working since the early 1980s in folk-based musical forms. The band was founded in 1982 by David Tibet, who has been Current 93's only constant member.
Tibet has been the only constant member in the group, though Steven Stapleton (of Nurse with Wound) has appeared on nearly every Current 93 release. Michael Cashmore has also been a constant contributor since Thunder Perfect Mind. Douglas P. of Death in June has played on well over a dozen Current 93 releases, and Steve Ignorant of Crass (using the name Stephen Intelligent), Boyd Rice, runologist Freya Aswynn, Nick Cave, Björk, Andrew W.K., Anohni, Baby Dee, Will Oldham, Ben Chasny, Rose McDowall, have also lent their talents over the years. Current 93 have released over twenty albums and many singles as well.
Much of Current 93's early work was similar to late 1970s and early 1980s industrial music: abrasive tape loops, droning synthesizer noises and Tibet's distorted, excoriating vocals. The earlier recordings reflect his preoccupation with death, Christ, mysticism, Aleister Crowley (Tibet borrowed the term "93 Current" from Crowley – the 93 Current being the current of Thelema or Agape), Tibetan Buddhism, Gnosticism, runes, swastikas, Noddy, The Wicker Man, and a variety of occult notions. The later to present-day period of Current 93's recordings increasingly reflect Tibet's interest in Christian mysticism and apocalypse.
Three years in its creation, birthing and borning, it follows on from 2018’s million-selling classic, The Light Is Leaving Us All. We are OverMoon to announce the following release information pertaining to the brand new full-length album by David Tibet’s Hallucinatory ChartToppers CURRENT 93, entitled If A City Is Set Upon A Hill.
The twilit, dreamlike If A City Is Set Upon A Hill features Channellings from:
Alasdair Roberts: Guitars, Autoharp, Synthesizer, Backing Vocals.
Aloma Ruiz Boada: Violin.
Andrew Liles: Electronics, Guitars, Keyboards.
Ania Goszczyńska: Design & Fine Wine.
David Tibet: Voice & Voices.
Michael J. York: PIpes, Whistle, Duduk.
Ossian Brown: DroneTones.
Reinier van Houdt: Fender Rhodes, Piano, Guitar.
Rita Knuistingh-Neven: Piano & Voice
David Tibet says the following about If A City Is Set Upon A Hill:
If A City Is Set Upon A Hill was given to me by YHWH G+D through my readings in the Akkadian Omen series šumma ālu ina mēlê šakin (“If A City Is Set Upon A Height”) and through my obsession with the story of Cain Killing Abel (Genesis IV: 8), and my endless rewatching of the same ten supernatural films.
wayyōˀmer qayin ˀel heḇel ˀāḥîw wayhî bihyôṯām baśśāḏeh wayyāqām qayin ˀel heḇel ˀāḥîw wayyaharḡēhû
I and the Perfect C93 Family Orgasm have worked harder than harsh to bring you this Obsessive, Incomprehensible, DreamText—which could and would and should and MUST make NO SENSE AT ALL.
Beyond that, I have nothing to say except: There Is No Zodiac. Anyway, Kids, We’re All Dust.
1. If A City...
2. There Is No Zodiac
3. Joke Moon
4. Clouds At Teatime
5. A Column Of Dust
6. The Child, And Fire
7. ...Is Set Upon A Hill
This LP comes pressed on Crystal Clear 180 gram vinyl, housed in a thick (350gsm) single sleeve, card printed lyric insert, white poly-lined disco bags all placed in a clear protective sleeve. Limited to 993 copies.