Singleminded Dualism


CD Digipak (ZOHAR 296-2) - ZOHARUM

WHITE STAINS came into the minds of many listeners thanks to the regular debut album, recorded together with Psychic TV “Live At Stockholm”. However, the history of this band and its metamorphoses goes back much further.
Founded by Carl Abrahamsson, from the beginning it served as a tool for proclaiming manifestos inspired by the works of, among others, Aleister Crowley (White Stains is the title of one of the most important texts of the British magician) and other proponents of free thought.
While the issues they raised were invariably focused around the subject of occultism and secret knowledge, in the musical layer the band underwent many metamorphoses: from occult/gothic rock through ambient to experimental electronics.
As their style crystallized, Carl and Thomas Tibert renamed White Stains to Cotton Ferox.
This publication opens the series of reissues of the Swedish group.
It is a collection of all short publications that preceded their debut, recorded in the years 1987-1989 and released in the same time only on vinyl 7″ and 12″ EPs.
So far, they have not been available on any other medium.
The whole thing was provided with a proper commentary by Carl Abrahamsson, which is a great introduction to listening to the material, pointing to the context in which the compositions contained therein were created.

1  Sweet Jane 7:44
2  Here To Do 6:21
3  It's Yours If You Want It 5:46
4  Express Your Desire 4:21
5  Death At Hand 4:00
6  The Energy 4:14
7  Phase Of Madness 3:45
8  The Awareness 4:58
9  My Hallucination 4:51
10  The Result 4:38
11  Ov Like Mind 4:04

Previously released / tracks taken from:
1. Sweet Jayne*
2. Here to Do* (1988, AOIT 001, 12” 400 copies w 40 in purple vinyl)
3. It’s Yours If You Want It* (1988, TOPYSCAN 002 PETS, track on the compilation LP “Swedish Exotica Vol 1”, 1000 copies)
4. Express Your Desire*
5. Death At Hand* (1989, TOPYSCAN 004, 7”, 500 copies)
6. The Energy**
7. Phase of Madness** (1988, TOPYSCAN 001, 7”, 93 copies, with 23 copies in red vinyl)
8. The Awareness***
9. My Hallucination*** (1989, TOPYSCAN 003, 7”, 93 copies, with 23 copies in blue vinyl)
10. The Result***
11. Ov Like Mind*** (1989, TOPYSCAN 007, 7”, 93 copies, with 23 copies in green vinyl)

* Carl Abrahamsson: vocals, Jan Ekman: lead guitar, Tomas Sandell: guitar, Johan Sandell: bass guitar, Nicklas Hansen: drums
** Carl Abrahamsson: vocals, bass guitar, Jan Ekman: guitar
*** Carl Abrahamsson: vocals, Peter Bergstrandh: bass guitar, Jan Ekman: guitar, Thomas Tibert: synthesizers

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