The World is my Womb

by Nocturnal Emissions

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The World is my Womb was recorded in Three Houses in South London between September 1986 and July 1987. First issued in England in 1987 by Earthly Delights (Earth 002)

see also www.earthlydelights.co.uk

An early example of the spiritual ambient-trance music Nocturnal Emissions' affinity for ancient folk songs adds a distinctive accent to the music's ritualistic grandeur.

The World Is My Womb comes from the beginning of their "NEotantic" style, pursued on later releases Spiritflesh (1988) and Invocation of the Beast Gods (1989). Nigel Ayers and his longtime partner Caroline K were then making quasi-ceremonial music, after their founding noise and band-oriented albums.

In music and spoken word pieces Sealing A Phase, Vegetation Narration, and Blended Senses Nigel Ayers (rather seriously and dryly) spelled out his new age philosophy - part gnostic holistics, part tantric imagery - while staying traditional when borrowing religious Church Of England signifiers (organ sounds and liturgical chants) on tracks like Clear Bells and the prayer-sampling Lighten Our Darkness.

Mixing the old with the new is also the feel of Jangled Senses where a simple piano melody recalls an old time hymn, while ringing bells signal something more revealing.

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released August 1, 1987

Playing the Living Instrument for Nocturnal Emissions: Nigel Ayers, Caroline K.
Text and narration by Nigel Ayers.

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Nocturnal Emissions Cornwall, UK

Nocturnal Emissions' Nigel Ayers has continued to work with a strong underground of cult support, avoiding music industry fashions, and following his own creative path he concentrated on creating a strong sense of a wilderness identity through sound.

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