AMATEUR CHILDBIRTH - Your Afterlife Is Cancelled
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.
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