Baalstorm, Sing Omega
Details
2010 May 12" UK Coptic Cat NIFE010V
Red vinyl copies in regular sleeve
2010 May 12" UK Coptic Cat NIFE010V
Blue vinyl copies in regular sleeve
Track Listing
A
  1. Ⲁ̄
    I Dreamt I Was Æon (6:52)
  2. Ⲃ̄
    With Flowers In The Garden Of Fires (4:09)
  3. Ⲅ̄
    December 1971 (4:35)
  4. Ⲇ̄
    Baalstorm! Baalstorm! (6:27)
B
  1. Ⲉ̄
    Passenger Aleph In Name
  2. Ⲋ̄
    Tanks Of Flies
  3. Ⲍ̄
    The Nudes Lift Shields For War
  4. Ⲏ̄
    Night! Death! Storm! Omega!
  5. Ⲑ̄
    I Dance Narcoleptic
Vinyl Etchings
A: COVERED WITH SILENCE
B: AND COVERED WITH STARS
Personnel
Melon Liles
Bea Taylor
Isabel Taylor
Sleeve Notes
BAALSTORM, SING OMEGA was written and recorded in Hastings, Heptonstall, Rome and Turin between August 2009 and Marxh 2010. The album's initial title was SING OMEGA!, taken from a sermon in Coptic by the great Egyptian monk Abbot Shenoute (AD 348-466) in which he quotes an observation by his Egyptian forefather Pachomius (AD 292-346) thus:

ⲁⲟⲩⲉⲓⲱⲧ ⲛ̄ⲁⲅⲁⲑⲟⲥ ⲁⲩⲱ ⲛ̄ⲥⲁⲃⲉ ⲁⲩⲱ
ⲛ̄ⲉⲩⲥⲉⲃⲏⲥ ⲛⲁⲙⲉ ϫⲟⲟⲥ ϩⲓⲧ̄ⲛ̄ⲛⲉϥⲥϩⲁⲓ̈
ϩ̄ⲛ̄ϩⲉⲛⲉⲡⲓⲥⲧⲟⲗⲏ ϫⲉϫⲱ ⲉⲱ ⲙ̄ⲡ̄ⲣ̄ⲧⲣⲉⲱ
ϫⲱ ⲉⲣⲟⲕ ⲁⲛⲟⲕ ϯⲙⲉⲉⲩⲉ ϫⲉⲉϥϫⲱ ⲙ̄ⲙⲟⲥ
ϫⲉϫⲱ ⲉⲡⲕⲟⲥⲙⲟⲥ ⲉⲕⲛⲁⲃⲱⲕ ⲉⲃⲟⲗ ϩⲓⲧⲟⲟⲧ̄ϥ̄
ⲉⲣⲁⲧ̄ϥ̄ ⲙ̄ⲡⲛⲟⲩⲧⲉ ϫⲉⲙ̄ⲡⲉⲙ̄ⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲧ̄ⲙⲁⲓ̈ϩⲟⲙ̄ⲧ̄
ⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲙ̄ⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲧ̄ⲁⲥⲉⲃⲏⲥ ⲉⲧ̄ⲛ̄ϩⲏⲧ̄ϥ̄ ⲉϣϭ̄ⲙ̄ϭⲟⲙ
ⲉⲁⲙⲁϩⲧⲉ ⲙ̄ⲙⲟⲓ̈ ⲉⲧ̄ⲙ̄ⲣ̄ⲉⲩⲥⲉⲃⲏⲥ ϩ̄ⲛ̄ϩⲱⲃ ⲛⲓⲙ
ⲁⲩⲱ ⲙ̄ⲡ̄ⲣ̄ⲧⲣⲉⲡⲕⲟⲥⲙⲟⲥ ϫⲱ ⲉⲣⲟⲕ ϫⲉⲁⲓ̈ϭⲟⲡ̄ⲕ̄
ⲁⲩⲱ ⲁⲓ̈ⲥⲟⲛϩⲕ ϩ̄ⲛ̄ⲧ̄ⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲧ̄ⲙⲁⲓⲭⲣⲏⲙⲁ ⲁⲩⲱ
ⲙ̄ⲡⲟⲣⲛⲉⲓⲁ ⲙⲛⲙ̄ⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲧ̄ⲛⲟⲉⲓⲕ ⲁⲩⲱ ⲛ̄ϫⲓⲛϭⲟⲛⲥ
ⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲛ̄ϫⲓⲟⲩⲉ ⲁⲩⲱ ⲛ̄ϫⲱϩ̄ⲙ̄ ⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲛ̄ⲥⲱⲱϥ
ⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲛ̄ⲕⲉⲡⲁⲣⲁⲫⲩⲥⲓⲥ ⲉⲧⲉⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲧⲁⲩⲏⲡⲉ


I translate this passage as follows:

A good and wise Father, truly pious, said in his writings [which are] in his letters, "Speak Omega, and do not allow Omega to speak you". For my part, I think it is this which he is saying - "Speak to the world, from which you will go into the presence of God, [saying] 'The love of money and the impiety which are in it [the world] are unable to force me to be impious in all things'. Do not let the world say to you - 'I have caught you and I have bound you with the love of possessions and fornication and adultery and violent actions and thefts and foulnesses and impurities and other things contrary to our nature which are numberless'".

The Coptic verb
ϫⲱ
can mean both 'to speak' and 'to sing'.
However, after my overhearing, and mishearing, of a comment by Giulio Di Mauro whilst I was staying with him in Rome in September 2009, the true title of the album hit me with the force of a Storm. Giulio spoke of the Maelstrom, and I was sucked into it with great speed and violent force.
The album had been a host of storms gathering inside me for some time. The first manifestation of the storm in the outer world commenced when I took a flight from London to Turin; the woman at the airport check-in counter showed me that the computer screen said, under my name, 'Passenger Aleph in Name'. This initial stage ended during a photo session, photographed by Simo Dall Valle, of Andrew Liles and myself at which Marillion's beautiful song 'Lavender' - which I and C93 had been planning to cover at the concert which we were in Turin to play - suddenly came on the radio in the hotel foyer with piercing clarity.
The next stage commenced in Rome where C93 were to play at Giulio Di Mauro's PRE festival. I encountered four women there - two for the first time, one for the second time and one for the third time - who led me to see that this storm - my storm - was in me and around me - and was also manifesting itself in so many people around me to whom I was, or would become, close. Without these four women - the apocalypse girl Chiara Barzini, the biter of bodies Simo Dalla Valle, the deep tree Sarah Dietrich and the head below horns Ksenia Nefedova - this album would have not have been born in this form and the storm would still be inside me. Chiara, Ksenia, Sarah, Simo: I thank you deeply.
Before leaving Rome, I and some friends were in a car that was stuck in a traffic jam. We were held for fifteen minutes at the red lights opposite a fast food store called 'Alpha and Omega Kebabs'. And there I saw - like a clap and a shout and a thief in the night - the great in the small, the nodding dogs and that hidden God who plays hide and seek, laughing under neon and shiskas, terrible and aweful in the chicken on the spit and in the immolated lamb.
Current 93 as Spellers between
and
:
Eliot Bates, oud, erbane and daf; James Blackshaw, 12-string, slide and electric guitars, glockenspiel and voice; John Contreras, cello; Baby Dee, piano and Hammond organ; Andrew Liles, guitar, bass and electronics; Melon Liles, vocals; Alex Nielson, drums and percussion; Bea Taylor, voice; Isabel Taylor, voice; David Tibet, voice.
All we in Current 93 were over the suns and moons when Bill Fay allowed us to add the initial verse of his beautiful and unreleased song 'Breaking the Bread of Music' into the last storms of the album. God bless Bill Fay!
Recorded and mastered by Andrew Liles, apart from Alex Nielson whose contribution was recorded by John Cavanagh. Mixed by Andrew Liles and David Tibet.
Design and layout by David Tibet and Paul Jackson.
Cover by David Tibet: 'She is Naked Like the Water'. Photograph of David as Stonehenge in December 1971: Ghost or Gone or Donne. Photographs of David as Rome in Batu Gajah, 1964 or 1965 or 1966: Cyril or Olivia Bunting. Photographs of the members of C93 on this album taken by the following individuals: Eliot Bates (Ladi Dell'aira), James Blackshaw (Doerthe Winter), John Contreras (Scott Purdy), Baby Dee (Tore Hallas), Andrew Liles (Melon Liles), Melon Liles (Pandy Cat), Alex Nielson (Oliver Edwards), bea Taylor and Isabel Taylor (Becca Taylor) and David Tibet (Simo Dall Valle).
All text by David Tibet, apart from some lines in 'A Baalstorm! Ballstorm!' where I utilise extracts from letters I received from Sarah Dietrich; these quotations should be evident. All music © 2010 Current 93 and those who channel it into us and those who receive the Current. Published by Domino Music.
My love streams out to the rest of the 93 Family who appear astrally, sidereally and spiritually on this album and whose presence can be felt deeply within it in many ways: Marc Almond, Little Annie, Peter Atanasoff, Jack Barnett, William Basinski, David Bianchi, Nick Blinko, Henry Boxer, William Breeze, Ossian Brown, Vera Brozzoni, Lee Cantelon, Michael Cashmore, Unity Rose Cashmore, Ben Chasny, Paul Cheshire, Al Cisneros, Shirley Collins, Chris Connelly, The Cox-Dorée (Anna, Caro, Geoff and Seth), Kat Cormie, Daniela Corcio, Enrico Croci, Attilla Csihar, Timothy d'Arch Smith, Paul Deighton, Anke Eckhardt, Maja Elliott, Stephen Emmel, Eva and Michael Faber, Bill Fay, Giampaolo Felici, Rossella Ferrari, Simon Finn, Sven-Erik Fuzz-Kristiansen, Sasha Grey, Antony Hegarty, Uwe Henneken, Sebastian Horsley, Nidge Ince, Eri Isaka, Lynn Jackson, Paul Jackson, Rickie Lee Jones, Michael Lawrence, Charlotte Libeau, Thomas Ligotti, John Marchant, Othon Matragas, Rose McDowall, Olivier Naudin, Lizzie Oswell, Fabrizio Palumbo, José Pacheco, Jim Pascoe, Lili Refrain, Keith Richmond, Steven Pittis, Roasario Rivero, Valeria Rusconi, Kristoffer Rygg, Bobbie Seagroatt, Clodagh Simmonds, Steven Stapleton, Katja Strunz, Matt Sweeney, Becca Taylor, Matt Taylor, Stefanie Thiel, Stephen Thrower, Ernesto Tomasini, Gabriele Toso, Chris Towers, Ms. Tricky Sleeves, Ayse Tuzlak, Luca Valtorta, Andrew W.K., Lauren Winton, Tod Wodicka, Joolie Wood and Kieth Wood. And to my Coptic friends and idols with profound thanks for all their help and inspiration: Mathew Almond, Diliana Atanassova, Anne Boud'hors, Heike Behlmer, David Brakke, Malcolm Choat, Jennie Cromwell, Lance Eccles, Stephen Emmel, Wolf-Peter Funk, James Goehring, Frederik Hagen, Bentley Layton, Hugo Lundhaug, Franziska Naether, Tito Orlandi, Sebastian Richter, Alin Suciu and Hany Takla.
To all of those whom I have forgotten to thank, I remember you internally ever.
Profound thanks and love to Andria Degens for her grace and kindness during a very difficult period.
Without Mark Logan's support in so many different ways, this album would never have appeared. Bless you always. I love you Mark.
Father Kosma: thank you for your prayers.
I dedicate this album to our beloved cat Baby, who went to Christ at 9am on Sunday, April 11 after a long struggle with the Stealer. I also offer up incense to Goblin in the Stars, now beyond the storms.

ϣⲗⲏⲗ ⲁϫ̄ⲛ̄ⲱϫ̄ⲛ̄
, 1 Thessalonians V:17
ⲁⲛⲟⲕ ⲡⲉ
David Tibet, 12 IV 2010,
Hastings
Notes
This page contains coptic characters which may not render correctly if a suitable font has not been installed locally.
Reviews
This, the final part of David Tibet's trilogy of revelations that began with Black Ships Ate the Sky, is his most dizzying and hallucinatory work yet. Stripping back the heavy guitars that have been creeping steadily into Current 93's music, the songs here instead sound like they have been passed down through generations of Middle Eastern folk musicians. From the image of a young Tibet standing in front of Stonehenge on the back of the album to the lyrical themes of eternities, the weight of time hangs heavy around Baalstorm, Sing Omega. This is a surprising and rewarding change in tone for Current 93 that certainly ranks amongst Tibet's finest work yet.

Each of the three albums in this series focus on different facets of Tibet's visions; the black ships destroying the heavens of the first album, the titanic Adam/Aleph character's bloodstained features and now the cataclysmic Baalstorm sweeping over the horizon. While Tibet's lyrics are rarely transparent, the songs on Baalstorm, Sing Omega are particularly dense in their imagery. Obviously Tibet is drawing even more on his vast readings not just in Coptic but also on a wider range of topics. The fallout of the nuclear "bikini blast" from Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain manifests itself here with the repeated references to ions and aeons; "the infinite leak" having a half-life many times longer than the full lives of humanity.

The other striking aspect of Baalstorm, Sing Omega is how feminine it is; battles being waged by Amazonian warriors and an almost Joycean incorporation of women from Tibet's life into symbolic beings throughout the album. Magical Molly Blooms and apocalyptic Anna Livia Plurabelles take on the aspects of gods and divine symbols. The idea of motherhood, fertility and a new world gestating in an amniotic sea permeates the album: "Pulling down the moon and sun/From the thighs of the queen... The bump, the bribe, the breasts."

The music itself is also less masculine than on the previous albums; the electric guitars replaced with more graceful and limber strings. In particular, Eliot Bates' oud brings a sinuous element to the music, exotic and ancient melodies emerging from the bowels of the instrument. On "With Flowers in the Garden of Fires," his gorgeous playing combined with percussion (which appears to be a combination of Alex Neilson on a traditional kit and Eliot Bates on erbane and daf) creates a mesmerising musical arabesque. This is a long way both in time and space to Current 93's usual western folk influence and, unlike the previous two albums, the music is gentler. Despite the obvious power of the electric guitar, the haunted waves of Baalstorm, Sing Omega will erode Aleph's hallucinatory mountain.

Most of the album lacks the violence of the Aleph songs but that is not to say that this album remains completely sedate. The thumping piano refrain of "Baalstorm! Baalstorm!" propels an urgent Tibet as a mixture of Andrew Liles' electronics and guitars create a fuzzy fog around the lyrics. This tempest gives way to the peaceful and utterly beautiful "Passenger Aleph in Name." James Blackshaw's simple but bewitching glockenspiel motif repeats itself as the rest of the ensemble add texture and detail around it. As the music ripples outwards, John Contreras' cello swells up like the calm tide after a maelstrom.

Yet this is not some seasonal bout of bad weather, this is a flood of mythological proportions (biblical is too restrictive a term considering the breadth of Tibet's lyrics). Tibet's Baalstorm appears to be occurring on a scale that is either too small ("the split of an atom") or too large to be fully comprehended. This epic is so layered and personalised (though Tibet thankfully includes some explanatory information in the sleeve notes) that it is impossible for me, after only a week, to fully come to grips with what is going on this album. However, by the end of the album, the feeling that something large, black, and revelatory is on the horizon is impossible to ignore. The thunderclaps, the sound of waves both oceanic and apocalyptic and Baby Dee's fabulous electric organ come together on "I Dance Narcoleptic" to finish off the album (and perhaps the world) in style. Tibet's insisting lyrics might be hard to believe but the conviction is frightening. Interspersed with children singing Omega, the music starts to spin as I am caught in a whirlpool and drown in the deeps of Tibet's dreams. In the wake (or as I wake), the sound of Bill Fay's voice drifts through the murk like a messenger from the heavens. Suddenly I am free to take a breath again.

John Kealy

06 June 2010
Baalstorm, Sing Omega
Details
2010 May CD UK Coptic Cat NIFE010CD
In digipak
iTunes UK Coptic Cat
Track Listing
  1. Ⲁ̄
    I Dreamt I Was Æon (6:52)
  2. Ⲃ̄
    With Flowers In The Garden Of Fires (4:09)
  3. Ⲅ̄
    December 1971 (4:35)
  4. Ⲇ̄
    Baalstorm! Baalstorm! (6:27)
  5. Ⲉ̄
    Passenger Aleph In Name (4:40)
  6. Ⲋ̄
    Tanks Of Flies (3:19)
  7. Ⲍ̄
    The Nudes Lift Shields For War (5:31)
  8. Ⲏ̄
    Night! Death! Storm! Omega! (3:50)
  9. Ⲑ̄
    I Dance Narcoleptic (10:37)
Personnel
Melon Liles
Bea Taylor
Isabel Taylor
Sleeve Notes
BAALSTORM, SING OMEGA was written and recorded in Hastings, Heptonstall, Rome and Turin between August 2009 and Marxh 2010. The album's initial title was SING OMEGA!, taken from a sermon in Coptic by the great Egyptian monk Abbot Shenoute (AD 348-466) in which he quotes an observation by his Egyptian forefather Pachomius (AD 292-346) thus:

ⲁⲟⲩⲉⲓⲱⲧ ⲛ̄ⲁⲅⲁⲑⲟⲥ ⲁⲩⲱ ⲛ̄ⲥⲁⲃⲉ ⲁⲩⲱ
ⲛ̄ⲉⲩⲥⲉⲃⲏⲥ ⲛⲁⲙⲉ ϫⲟⲟⲥ ϩⲓⲧ̄ⲛ̄ⲛⲉϥⲥϩⲁⲓ̈
ϩ̄ⲛ̄ϩⲉⲛⲉⲡⲓⲥⲧⲟⲗⲏ ϫⲉϫⲱ ⲉⲱ ⲙ̄ⲡ̄ⲣ̄ⲧⲣⲉⲱ
ϫⲱ ⲉⲣⲟⲕ ⲁⲛⲟⲕ ϯⲙⲉⲉⲩⲉ ϫⲉⲉϥϫⲱ ⲙ̄ⲙⲟⲥ
ϫⲉϫⲱ ⲉⲡⲕⲟⲥⲙⲟⲥ ⲉⲕⲛⲁⲃⲱⲕ ⲉⲃⲟⲗ ϩⲓⲧⲟⲟⲧ̄ϥ̄
ⲉⲣⲁⲧ̄ϥ̄ ⲙ̄ⲡⲛⲟⲩⲧⲉ ϫⲉⲙ̄ⲡⲉⲙ̄ⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲧ̄ⲙⲁⲓ̈ϩⲟⲙ̄ⲧ̄
ⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲙ̄ⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲧ̄ⲁⲥⲉⲃⲏⲥ ⲉⲧ̄ⲛ̄ϩⲏⲧ̄ϥ̄ ⲉϣϭ̄ⲙ̄ϭⲟⲙ
ⲉⲁⲙⲁϩⲧⲉ ⲙ̄ⲙⲟⲓ̈ ⲉⲧ̄ⲙ̄ⲣ̄ⲉⲩⲥⲉⲃⲏⲥ ϩ̄ⲛ̄ϩⲱⲃ ⲛⲓⲙ
ⲁⲩⲱ ⲙ̄ⲡ̄ⲣ̄ⲧⲣⲉⲡⲕⲟⲥⲙⲟⲥ ϫⲱ ⲉⲣⲟⲕ ϫⲉⲁⲓ̈ϭⲟⲡ̄ⲕ̄
ⲁⲩⲱ ⲁⲓ̈ⲥⲟⲛϩⲕ ϩ̄ⲛ̄ⲧ̄ⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲧ̄ⲙⲁⲓⲭⲣⲏⲙⲁ ⲁⲩⲱ
ⲙ̄ⲡⲟⲣⲛⲉⲓⲁ ⲙⲛⲙ̄ⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲧ̄ⲛⲟⲉⲓⲕ ⲁⲩⲱ ⲛ̄ϫⲓⲛϭⲟⲛⲥ
ⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲛ̄ϫⲓⲟⲩⲉ ⲁⲩⲱ ⲛ̄ϫⲱϩ̄ⲙ̄ ⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲛ̄ⲥⲱⲱϥ
ⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲛ̄ⲕⲉⲡⲁⲣⲁⲫⲩⲥⲓⲥ ⲉⲧⲉⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲧⲁⲩⲏⲡⲉ

I translate this passage as follows:

A good and wise Father, truly pious, said in his writings [which are] in his letters, "Speak Omega, and do not allow Omega to speak you". For my part, I think it is this which he is saying - "Speak to the world, from which you will go into the presence of God, [saying] 'The love of money and the impiety which are in it [the world] are unable to force me to be impious in all things'. Do not let the world say to you - 'I have caught you and I have bound you with the love of possessions and fornication and adultery and violent actions and thefts and foulnesses and impurities and other things contrary to our nature which are numberless'".

The Coptic verb
ϫⲱ
can mean both 'to speak' and 'to sing'.
However, after my overhearing, and mishearing, of a comment by Giulio Di Mauro whilst I was staying with him in Rome in September 2009, the true title of the album hit me with the force of a Storm. Giulio spoke of the Maelstrom, and I was sucked into it with great speed and violent force.
The album had been a host of storms gathering inside me for some time. The first manifestation of the storm in the outer world commenced when I took a flight from London to Turin; the woman at the airport check-in counter showed me that the computer screen said, under my name, 'Passenger Aleph in Name'. This initial stage ended during a photo session, photographed by Simo Dall Valle, of Andrew Liles and myself at which Marillion's beautiful song 'Lavender' - which I and C93 had been planning to cover at the concert which we were in Turin to play - suddenly came on the radio in the hotel foyer with piercing clarity.
The next stage commenced in Rome where C93 were to play at Giulio Di Mauro's PRE festival. I encountered four women there - two for the first time, one for the second time and one for the third time - who led me to see that this storm - my storm - was in me and around me - and was also manifesting itself in so many people around me to whom I was, or would become, close. Without these four women - the apocalypse girl Chiara Barzini, the biter of bodies Simo Dalla Valle, the deep tree Sarah Dietrich and the head below horns Ksenia Nefedova - this album would have not have been born in this form and the storm would still be inside me. Chiara, Ksenia, Sarah, Simo: I thank you deeply.
Before leaving Rome, I and some friends were in a car that was stuck in a traffic jam. We were held for fifteen minutes at the red lights opposite a fast food store called 'Alpha and Omega Kebabs'. And there I saw - like a clap and a shout and a thief in the night - the great in the small, the nodding dogs and that hidden God who plays hide and seek, laughing under neon and shiskas, terrible and aweful in the chicken on the spit and in the immolated lamb.
Current 93 as Spellers between
and
:
Eliot Bates, oud, erbane and daf; James Blackshaw, 12-string, slide and electric guitars, glockenspiel and voice; John Contreras, cello; Baby Dee, piano and Hammond organ; Andrew Liles, guitar, bass and electronics; Melon Liles, vocals; Alex Nielson, drums and percussion; Bea Taylor, voice; Isabel Taylor, voice; David Tibet, voice.
All we in Current 93 were over the suns and moons when Bill Fay allowed us to add the initial verse of his beautiful and unreleased song 'Breaking the Bread of Music' into the last storms of the album. God bless Bill Fay!
Recorded and mastered by Andrew Liles, apart from Alex Nielson whose contribution was recorded by John Cavanagh. Mixed by Andrew Liles and David Tibet.
Design and layout by David Tibet and Paul Jackson.
Cover by David Tibet: 'She is Naked Like the Water'. Photograph of David as Stonehenge in December 1971: Ghost or Gone or Donne. Photographs of David as Rome in Batu Gajah, 1964 or 1965 or 1966: Cyril or Olivia Bunting. Photographs of the members of C93 on this album taken by the following individuals: Eliot Bates (Ladi Dell'aira), James Blackshaw (Doerthe Winter), John Contreras (Scott Purdy), Baby Dee (Tore Hallas), Andrew Liles (Melon Liles), Melon Liles (Pandy Cat), Alex Nielson (Oliver Edwards), bea Taylor and Isabel Taylor (Becca Taylor) and David Tibet (Simo Dall Valle).
All text by David Tibet, apart from some lines in 'A Baalstorm! Ballstorm!' where I utilise extracts from letters I received from Sarah Dietrich; these quotations should be evident. All music © 2010 Current 93 and those who channel it into us and those who receive the Current. Published by Domino Music.
My love streams out to the rest of the 93 Family who appear astrally, sidereally and spiritually on this album and whose presence can be felt deeply within it in many ways: Marc Almond, Little Annie, Peter Atanasoff, Jack Barnett, William Basinski, David Bianchi, Nick Blinko, Henry Boxer, William Breeze, Ossian Brown, Vera Brozzoni, Lee Cantelon, Michael Cashmore, Unity Rose Cashmore, Ben Chasny, Paul Cheshire, Al Cisneros, Shirley Collins, Chris Connelly, The Cox-Dorée (Anna, Caro, Geoff and Seth), Kat Cormie, Daniela Corcio, Enrico Croci, Attilla Csihar, Timothy d'Arch Smith, Paul Deighton, Anke Eckhardt, Maja Elliott, Stephen Emmel, Eva and Michael Faber, Bill Fay, Giampaolo Felici, Rossella Ferrari, Simon Finn, Sven-Erik Fuzz-Kristiansen, Sasha Grey, Antony Hegarty, Uwe Henneken, Sebastian Horsley, Nidge Ince, Eri Isaka, Lynn Jackson, Paul Jackson, Rickie Lee Jones, Michael Lawrence, Charlotte Libeau, Thomas Ligotti, John Marchant, Othon Matragas, Rose McDowall, Olivier Naudin, Lizzie Oswell, Fabrizio Palumbo, José Pacheco, Jim Pascoe, Lili Refrain, Keith Richmond, Steven Pittis, Roasario Rivero, Valeria Rusconi, Kristoffer Rygg, Bobbie Seagroatt, Clodagh Simmonds, Steven Stapleton, Katja Strunz, Matt Sweeney, Becca Taylor, Matt Taylor, Stefanie Thiel, Stephen Thrower, Ernesto Tomasini, Gabriele Toso, Chris Towers, Ms. Tricky Sleeves, Ayse Tuzlak, Luca Valtorta, Andrew W.K., Lauren Winton, Tod Wodicka, Joolie Wood and Kieth Wood. And to my Coptic friends and idols with profound thanks for all their help and inspiration: Mathew Almond, Diliana Atanassova, Anne Boud'hors, Heike Behlmer, David Brakke, Malcolm Choat, Jennie Cromwell, Lance Eccles, Stephen Emmel, Wolf-Peter Funk, James Goehring, Frederik Hagen, Bentley Layton, Hugo Lundhaug, Franziska Naether, Tito Orlandi, Sebastian Richter, Alin Suciu and Hany Takla.
To all of those whom I have forgotten to thank, I remember you internally ever.
Profound thanks and love to Andria Degens for her grace and kindness during a very difficult period.
Without Mark Logan's support in so many different ways, this album would never have appeared. Bless you always. I love you Mark.
Father Kosma: thank you for your prayers.
I dedicate this album to our beloved cat Baby, who went to Christ at 9am on Sunday, April 11 after a long struggle with the Stealer. I also offer up incense to Goblin in the Stars, now beyond the storms.

ϣⲗⲏⲗ ⲁϫ̄ⲛ̄ⲱϫ̄ⲛ̄
, 1 Thessalonians V:17
ⲁⲛⲟⲕ ⲡⲉ
David Tibet, 12 IV 2010,
Hastings
Notes
This page contains coptic characters which may not render correctly if a suitable font has not been installed locally.
Baalstorm, Sing Omega
Details
2010 May CD US Coptic Cat NIFE010CD
In digipak
Track Listing
  1. Ⲁ̄
    I Dreamt I Was Æon (6:52)
  2. Ⲃ̄
    With Flowers In The Garden Of Fires (4:09)
  3. Ⲅ̄
    December 1971 (4:35)
  4. Ⲇ̄
    Baalstorm! Baalstorm! (6:27)
  5. Ⲉ̄
    Passenger Aleph In Name (4:40)
  6. Ⲋ̄
    Tanks Of Flies (3:19)
  7. Ⲍ̄
    The Nudes Lift Shields For War (5:31)
  8. Ⲏ̄
    Night! Death! Storm! Omega! (3:50)
  9. Ⲑ̄
    I Dance Narcoleptic (10:37)
Personnel
Melon Liles
Bea Taylor
Isabel Taylor
Sleeve Notes
BAALSTORM, SING OMEGA was written and recorded in Hastings, Heptonstall, Rome and Turin between August 2009 and Marxh 2010. The album's initial title was SING OMEGA!, taken from a sermon in Coptic by the great Egyptian monk Abbot Shenoute (AD 348-466) in which he quotes an observation by his Egyptian forefather Pachomius (AD 292-346) thus:

ⲁⲟⲩⲉⲓⲱⲧ ⲛ̄ⲁⲅⲁⲑⲟⲥ ⲁⲩⲱ ⲛ̄ⲥⲁⲃⲉ ⲁⲩⲱ
ⲛ̄ⲉⲩⲥⲉⲃⲏⲥ ⲛⲁⲙⲉ ϫⲟⲟⲥ ϩⲓⲧ̄ⲛ̄ⲛⲉϥⲥϩⲁⲓ̈
ϩ̄ⲛ̄ϩⲉⲛⲉⲡⲓⲥⲧⲟⲗⲏ ϫⲉϫⲱ ⲉⲱ ⲙ̄ⲡ̄ⲣ̄ⲧⲣⲉⲱ
ϫⲱ ⲉⲣⲟⲕ ⲁⲛⲟⲕ ϯⲙⲉⲉⲩⲉ ϫⲉⲉϥϫⲱ ⲙ̄ⲙⲟⲥ
ϫⲉϫⲱ ⲉⲡⲕⲟⲥⲙⲟⲥ ⲉⲕⲛⲁⲃⲱⲕ ⲉⲃⲟⲗ ϩⲓⲧⲟⲟⲧ̄ϥ̄
ⲉⲣⲁⲧ̄ϥ̄ ⲙ̄ⲡⲛⲟⲩⲧⲉ ϫⲉⲙ̄ⲡⲉⲙ̄ⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲧ̄ⲙⲁⲓ̈ϩⲟⲙ̄ⲧ̄
ⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲙ̄ⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲧ̄ⲁⲥⲉⲃⲏⲥ ⲉⲧ̄ⲛ̄ϩⲏⲧ̄ϥ̄ ⲉϣϭ̄ⲙ̄ϭⲟⲙ
ⲉⲁⲙⲁϩⲧⲉ ⲙ̄ⲙⲟⲓ̈ ⲉⲧ̄ⲙ̄ⲣ̄ⲉⲩⲥⲉⲃⲏⲥ ϩ̄ⲛ̄ϩⲱⲃ ⲛⲓⲙ
ⲁⲩⲱ ⲙ̄ⲡ̄ⲣ̄ⲧⲣⲉⲡⲕⲟⲥⲙⲟⲥ ϫⲱ ⲉⲣⲟⲕ ϫⲉⲁⲓ̈ϭⲟⲡ̄ⲕ̄
ⲁⲩⲱ ⲁⲓ̈ⲥⲟⲛϩⲕ ϩ̄ⲛ̄ⲧ̄ⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲧ̄ⲙⲁⲓⲭⲣⲏⲙⲁ ⲁⲩⲱ
ⲙ̄ⲡⲟⲣⲛⲉⲓⲁ ⲙⲛⲙ̄ⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲧ̄ⲛⲟⲉⲓⲕ ⲁⲩⲱ ⲛ̄ϫⲓⲛϭⲟⲛⲥ
ⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲛ̄ϫⲓⲟⲩⲉ ⲁⲩⲱ ⲛ̄ϫⲱϩ̄ⲙ̄ ⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲛ̄ⲥⲱⲱϥ
ⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲛ̄ⲕⲉⲡⲁⲣⲁⲫⲩⲥⲓⲥ ⲉⲧⲉⲙ̄ⲛ̄ⲧⲁⲩⲏⲡⲉ

I translate this passage as follows:

A good and wise Father, truly pious, said in his writings [which are] in his letters, "Speak Omega, and do not allow Omega to speak you". For my part, I think it is this which he is saying - "Speak to the world, from which you will go into the presence of God, [saying] 'The love of money and the impiety which are in it [the world] are unable to force me to be impious in all things'. Do not let the world say to you - 'I have caught you and I have bound you with the love of possessions and fornication and adultery and violent actions and thefts and foulnesses and impurities and other things contrary to our nature which are numberless'".

The Coptic verb
ϫⲱ
can mean both 'to speak' and 'to sing'.
However, after my overhearing, and mishearing, of a comment by Giulio Di Mauro whilst I was staying with him in Rome in September 2009, the true title of the album hit me with the force of a Storm. Giulio spoke of the Maelstrom, and I was sucked into it with great speed and violent force.
The album had been a host of storms gathering inside me for some time. The first manifestation of the storm in the outer world commenced when I took a flight from London to Turin; the woman at the airport check-in counter showed me that the computer screen said, under my name, 'Passenger Aleph in Name'. This initial stage ended during a photo session, photographed by Simo Dall Valle, of Andrew Liles and myself at which Marillion's beautiful song 'Lavender' - which I and C93 had been planning to cover at the concert which we were in Turin to play - suddenly came on the radio in the hotel foyer with piercing clarity.
The next stage commenced in Rome where C93 were to play at Giulio Di Mauro's PRE festival. I encountered four women there - two for the first time, one for the second time and one for the third time - who led me to see that this storm - my storm - was in me and around me - and was also manifesting itself in so many people around me to whom I was, or would become, close. Without these four women - the apocalypse girl Chiara Barzini, the biter of bodies Simo Dalla Valle, the deep tree Sarah Dietrich and the head below horns Ksenia Nefedova - this album would have not have been born in this form and the storm would still be inside me. Chiara, Ksenia, Sarah, Simo: I thank you deeply.
Before leaving Rome, I and some friends were in a car that was stuck in a traffic jam. We were held for fifteen minutes at the red lights opposite a fast food store called 'Alpha and Omega Kebabs'. And there I saw - like a clap and a shout and a thief in the night - the great in the small, the nodding dogs and that hidden God who plays hide and seek, laughing under neon and shiskas, terrible and aweful in the chicken on the spit and in the immolated lamb.
Current 93 as Spellers between
and
:
Eliot Bates, oud, erbane and daf; James Blackshaw, 12-string, slide and electric guitars, glockenspiel and voice; John Contreras, cello; Baby Dee, piano and Hammond organ; Andrew Liles, guitar, bass and electronics; Melon Liles, vocals; Alex Nielson, drums and percussion; Bea Taylor, voice; Isabel Taylor, voice; David Tibet, voice.
All we in Current 93 were over the suns and moons when Bill Fay allowed us to add the initial verse of his beautiful and unreleased song 'Breaking the Bread of Music' into the last storms of the album. God bless Bill Fay!
Recorded and mastered by Andrew Liles, apart from Alex Nielson whose contribution was recorded by John Cavanagh. Mixed by Andrew Liles and David Tibet.
Design and layout by David Tibet and Paul Jackson.
Cover by David Tibet: 'She is Naked Like the Water'. Photograph of David as Stonehenge in December 1971: Ghost or Gone or Donne. Photographs of David as Rome in Batu Gajah, 1964 or 1965 or 1966: Cyril or Olivia Bunting. Photographs of the members of C93 on this album taken by the following individuals: Eliot Bates (Ladi Dell'aira), James Blackshaw (Doerthe Winter), John Contreras (Scott Purdy), Baby Dee (Tore Hallas), Andrew Liles (Melon Liles), Melon Liles (Pandy Cat), Alex Nielson (Oliver Edwards), bea Taylor and Isabel Taylor (Becca Taylor) and David Tibet (Simo Dall Valle).
All text by David Tibet, apart from some lines in 'A Baalstorm! Ballstorm!' where I utilise extracts from letters I received from Sarah Dietrich; these quotations should be evident. All music © 2010 Current 93 and those who channel it into us and those who receive the Current. Published by Domino Music.
My love streams out to the rest of the 93 Family who appear astrally, sidereally and spiritually on this album and whose presence can be felt deeply within it in many ways: Marc Almond, Little Annie, Peter Atanasoff, Jack Barnett, William Basinski, David Bianchi, Nick Blinko, Henry Boxer, William Breeze, Ossian Brown, Vera Brozzoni, Lee Cantelon, Michael Cashmore, Unity Rose Cashmore, Ben Chasny, Paul Cheshire, Al Cisneros, Shirley Collins, Chris Connelly, The Cox-Dorée (Anna, Caro, Geoff and Seth), Kat Cormie, Daniela Corcio, Enrico Croci, Attilla Csihar, Timothy d'Arch Smith, Paul Deighton, Anke Eckhardt, Maja Elliott, Stephen Emmel, Eva and Michael Faber, Bill Fay, Giampaolo Felici, Rossella Ferrari, Simon Finn, Sven-Erik Fuzz-Kristiansen, Sasha Grey, Antony Hegarty, Uwe Henneken, Sebastian Horsley, Nidge Ince, Eri Isaka, Lynn Jackson, Paul Jackson, Rickie Lee Jones, Michael Lawrence, Charlotte Libeau, Thomas Ligotti, John Marchant, Othon Matragas, Rose McDowall, Olivier Naudin, Lizzie Oswell, Fabrizio Palumbo, José Pacheco, Jim Pascoe, Lili Refrain, Keith Richmond, Steven Pittis, Roasario Rivero, Valeria Rusconi, Kristoffer Rygg, Bobbie Seagroatt, Clodagh Simmonds, Steven Stapleton, Katja Strunz, Matt Sweeney, Becca Taylor, Matt Taylor, Stefanie Thiel, Stephen Thrower, Ernesto Tomasini, Gabriele Toso, Chris Towers, Ms. Tricky Sleeves, Ayse Tuzlak, Luca Valtorta, Andrew W.K., Lauren Winton, Tod Wodicka, Joolie Wood and Kieth Wood. And to my Coptic friends and idols with profound thanks for all their help and inspiration: Mathew Almond, Diliana Atanassova, Anne Boud'hors, Heike Behlmer, David Brakke, Malcolm Choat, Jennie Cromwell, Lance Eccles, Stephen Emmel, Wolf-Peter Funk, James Goehring, Frederik Hagen, Bentley Layton, Hugo Lundhaug, Franziska Naether, Tito Orlandi, Sebastian Richter, Alin Suciu and Hany Takla.
To all of those whom I have forgotten to thank, I remember you internally ever.
Profound thanks and love to Andria Degens for her grace and kindness during a very difficult period.
Without Mark Logan's support in so many different ways, this album would never have appeared. Bless you always. I love you Mark.
Father Kosma: thank you for your prayers.
I dedicate this album to our beloved cat Baby, who went to Christ at 9am on Sunday, April 11 after a long struggle with the Stealer. I also offer up incense to Goblin in the Stars, now beyond the storms.

ϣⲗⲏⲗ ⲁϫ̄ⲛ̄ⲱϫ̄ⲛ̄
, 1 Thessalonians V:17
ⲁⲛⲟⲕ ⲡⲉ
David Tibet, 12 IV 2010,
Hastings
Notes
This page contains coptic characters which may not render correctly if a suitable font has not been installed locally.
Baalstorm, Sing Omega
Details
2010 July 12" UK Coptic Cat NIFE010V
39 black vinyl copies
A4 page of the original lyrics which I used in the studio
Track Listing
A
  1. Ⲁ̄
    I Dreamt I Was Æon (6:52)
  2. Ⲃ̄
    With Flowers In The Garden Of Fires (4:09)
  3. Ⲅ̄
    December 1971 (4:35)
  4. Ⲇ̄
    Baalstorm! Baalstorm! (6:27)
B
  1. Ⲉ̄
    Passenger Aleph In Name
  2. Ⲋ̄
    Tanks Of Flies
  3. Ⲍ̄
    The Nudes Lift Shields For War
  4. Ⲏ̄
    Night! Death! Storm! Omega!
  5. Ⲑ̄
    I Dance Narcoleptic
Vinyl Etchings
A: COVERED WITH SILENCE
B: AND COVERED WITH STARS
Personnel
Melon Liles
Bea Taylor
Isabel Taylor
Notes
This page contains coptic characters which may not render correctly if a suitable font has not been installed locally.

From Coptic Cat website:

limited to 39 hand numbered and signed copies
contains the white label black vinyl test pressing with labels handwritten by David in Coptic and English
each copy comes in the original white disco bag in which I received it
each sleeve has the title and name of group handwritten in English and Coptic
each copy comes with a printed-out A4 page of the original lyrics which I used in the studio; there are handwritten corrections, crossings out and occasionally a drink stain! There are 39 sheets: pages 1-38 are of the text/lyrics and are blank on the other side; page 39 is written on the back of a printout A4 of the C93 'FAUST' booklet and on the other side has only handwritten notes working out the dedication of the album to the 4 women who inspired 'Baalstorm, Sing Omega', plus some other text about samples used and some Coptic text. See these pages below. Please choose the one you want from those still available: see the image gallery, which shows those remaining, below.
Baalstorm, Sing Omega
Details
2014 November 12" UK Coptic Cat NIFE010V
between 9-20 black vinyl copies
Test Pressing
Title and artist written in the bottom left corner of cover
Initialled by David Tibet
Unnumbered
Track Listing
A
  1. Ⲁ̄
    I Dreamt I Was Æon (6:52)
  2. Ⲃ̄
    With Flowers In The Garden Of Fires (4:09)
  3. Ⲅ̄
    December 1971 (4:35)
  4. Ⲇ̄
    Baalstorm! Baalstorm! (6:27)
B
  1. Ⲉ̄
    Passenger Aleph In Name
  2. Ⲋ̄
    Tanks Of Flies
  3. Ⲍ̄
    The Nudes Lift Shields For War
  4. Ⲏ̄
    Night! Death! Storm! Omega!
  5. Ⲑ̄
    I Dance Narcoleptic
Vinyl Etchings
A: COVERED WITH SILENCE
B: AND COVERED WITH STARS
Personnel
Melon Liles
Bea Taylor
Isabel Taylor
Notes
Each of these TPs have been put into a newly designed silkscreened sleeve, printed in copper ink on white card.
Each record has the title and artist hand-written in the CatSpace at the bottom left of the cover by David, and each record also has the title and artist written by him on the white label.
Each sleeve is initialled by him.
The edition of each title is not numbered.
In the case of a 2LP (double album) release, both records are put into one sleeve.
There are between 1 and 25 copies of each of the titles.