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23 Skidoo | The Culling Is Coming

Les Disques du Crepuscule present a new 76-minute CD edition of The Culling Is Coming by 23 Skidoo, originally released on LP by Crepuscule and UK sister imprint Operation Twilight in February 1983.
The Culling Is Coming signposted two radical new directions for 23 Skidoo following the success of their indie chart-topping debut Seven Songs the previous year. Drawing from two extraordinary live performances, The Culling Is Coming combines a collaboration with the Balinese Gamelan Orchestra recorded at Dartington College of Music in October 1982 (subtitled A Winter Ritual), together with extracts from a more extreme improvised set performed at the first WOMAD festival in July 1982, using scrap metal and tape loops (A Summer Rite).
"The ambience remains one of menace rather than ethno-tourism” (Record Collector); "The perfect non-chemical cure for a headache" (The Wire); "Culling is a densely-packed, closed and clenched fist of a record" (Sounds); "The mixes are diamond sharp... The Gamelan music drifts serenely across great canyons of nothingness, fairytale tinkling and enormous booming which disregards all forms of rhythm, ideas elongated into an immense drip-feed of sound" (NME); "The Womad side offers tape-looped phrases segueing in and out of focus, electronic twitterings and squalling ethnic wind instruments all clawing at each other like an orgy in an abattoir." (Melody Maker).
The original vinyl album is expanded on CD by the inclusion of a complete (and equally extreme) 26 minute loop performance (An Autumn Journey) at Tielt in Belgium on 8 October 1982, recorded as part of Crepuscule's short Move Back-Bite Harder tour with Cabaret Voltaire, Tuxedomoon, Antena and The Pale Fountains. The booklet features the original artwork, archive images and contextual notes by Alex Turnbull of 23 Skidoo.

| tracklist
01 G-2 Contemplation
02 S-Matrix
03 G-3 Insemination
04 Shrine
05 Mahakala
06 Banishing
07 Invocation
08 Flashing
09 Stifling
10 Healing (For The Strong)
11 Move Back - Bite Harder

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