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Artist: AMATEUR CHILDBIRTH
Title: Your Afterlife Is Cancelled
Format: LP
Label: Blackest Ever Black
Country: UK
Price: $19.00
"This is Amateur Childbirths "Christian Rock" album. The previous LP from Ivan Matthew Hicks solo project, 2013s Pripyat, concerned itself with the blighted belief systems of UFO worshippers. Your Afterlife Is Cancelled expands this compelling solo projects field of enquiry to look at a wider array of "religious anomalies": cults, for want of a better word. Each song is about a different such anomaly. To call Hickss vision apocalyptic would be to underplay its cruelty. The Bibles rampant sadism pales in comparison. This is a world where faith -- in a god or gods, in astrology, morality, or any meaning whatsoever -- is merely a prelude to punishment. His lyrics are vivid glossaries of pain, abjection and indignity; the songs protagonists swim in blood, piss, shit, and ejaculate. Eschatology and scatology are indivisible here. Drugs are rampantly abused, albeit to little benefit. There are scalpel-flashes of humor in Davids wordplay, rhyming and dour Brisbane diction -- but this offers scant consolation for the songs embattled subjects, who wait, in vein, for salvation, while crows peck out their eyes, blood pours from their ears, and psoriasis ravages their skin. These words, for all their pessimism and body-horror, are cradled in minimalist, folk-rock arrangements that are quite dazzling in their beauty and grievously earned simplicity: Hickss monochord strum embellished with subtle violin, synthesizer, and percussion shading. Amateur Childbirths caustic end-times worldview inevitably prompts comparisons with Current 93, but also a wider (non-)tradition of caustic and disturbed loner psych that includes Simon Finn, Patrik Fitzgerald, Robyn Hitchcock, Peter Jefferies, and Roy Harper. Your Afterlife Is Cancelled is a depressive tour de force from one of the most crushingly eloquent voices in the Australian underground." - Blackest Ever Black.

Artist: AMATEUR CHILDBIRTH
Title: Pripyat
Format: LP
Label: Disembraining
Country: Australia
Price: $21.00
"Pripyat is the second LP from Brisbane acoustic pop destroyer Amateur Childbirth, aka Ivan Matthew Hicks. Recorded by Joel Stern (Sky Needle) in his old Grecian home over a protracted period through 2012 - 2013 - It is an eleven part atonal poem to the desecration of the hollow halls of Eastern Europe by UFO cults, a soliloquy to the radiation blossoming in the clouds from its broken windows as the populace flee down ropes. Paul Slater guests on drums, Josh Watson (Sewers) on violin, and the Ecclesiastic Uprising of the Comets Tail guest as spiritual & literary support." - Disembraining.
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