The Devil in Love
publishing house Malört Förlag (Wormwood Publishing) is
taking multi-media to a new level. Specializing in texts about the
"fantastic, the numinous and the aberrant," the company
plans to release a soundtrack for each of the treatises it publishes.
The inaugural book is The Devil in Love, a 1772 occult novel by
French author Jacques Cazotte, Jesuit-educated and self-proclaimed
member of the Illuminati. The accompanying soundtrack qualifies
as one of the most eclectic, interesting and downright weird releases
to electronic ambient, from 20s tuba- and accordion-driven jazz
to neo-psychedelic, the styles vary as much as the nationalities
of the artists, each telling a piece of the novel’s story
in their own way to form a thematically cohesive whole, whether
done in a typically song structured fashion (Paul Roland’s
"I Dared the Devil") or in an obtuse, instrumental form
(John Zorn’s "Yeqon").
The one thing
all of the artists have in common is a touch of the supernatural.
Sometimes it borders on shtick like the Coffinshaker’s Country
Goth image, complete with singer Rob Coffinshaker wearing Johnny
Cash like a Godform. Sometimes it’s overt, such as Jarboe
using a chorus reciting the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram
during her entry, "Mistress of Deceit."
record is thoroughly enjoyable but definitely not for the close-minded.
Some of the songs on here barely qualify as white noise, but the
overall feel is one of enchantment. The book was undoubtedly written
as an allegorical initiation for those who read it. I have a feeling
the record may be, as well.
take a ride down the rabbit hole. It’s got one Hell of a soundtrack.
dazzling piece of audial ephemera is readily available for purchase