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Gwynplaine de Pétroleuse A true behemoth of Drone legend, Time Machines, the Coil spin-off/side project that saw the group attempt to recreate the feelings of psychedelic drugs gets a proper remaster. The thing I really love about this album is that all the tracks while unique from each other, still have familiar drones shared between them, as if each track was a different trip, but from a single persons perspective. A highly unique, groundbreaking and hypnotic album. Favorite track: 4-Indolol,3-[2-(Dimethylamino)Ethyl],Phosphate Ester- (Psilocybin).
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rikm It's hard to say anything new about a classic, but I will say that Time Machines is still just as inspired and just as inspiring as it was when it was originally released.

Brilliant work...
Travis Aaron
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Travis Aaron My single biggest influence, and one of their most important works. Each of these unique drones worms it's way through your ears (definitely a headphone record) and into your brain, and every part of it feels like ASMR. I can space out and let these textures wash over me for hours and it'll feel like no time has passed at all. Or maybe it feels like an eternity? Favorite track: 4-Indolol,3-[2-(Dimethylamino)Ethyl],Phosphate Ester- (Psilocybin).
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Levrikon Time Machines has the amazing ability to make me relax and not feel so nihilistic when the world's got me down. Maybe that's what the drugs the album references do, if so, it does a very good job of translating that feeling to a different format. Favorite track: 7-Methoxy-β-Carboline- (Telepathine).
Dan Leithauser
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Dan Leithauser Rare Coil recently re-released, drug themed background mind psyche.
Headphones recommended. What's not to like? Favorite track: 5-Methoxy-N,N-Dimethyl- (5-MeO-DMT).
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Official remastered edition of COIL's 1998 drone/ambient masterpiece.

“4 Tones to facilitate travel through time.” So begins the listeners’ journey into what has become one of the most treasured and revered pieces of COIL history ever released.

Each of the four pieces on Time Machines is named after the chemical compound of the hallucinogenic drug that they were composed for, and the album was meticulously crafted to enable what John Balance referred to as "temporal slips" in time and space, allowing both the artist and audience to figuratively "dissolve time".

Inspired by long form ceremonial music of Tibet and other religions, where the intent is to lose oneself in the music – to meditate or achieve a trance state – Time Machines became Drew McDowall, John Balance, and Peter Christopherson’s “electronic punk-primitive” answer to this tribal concept.

Starting as a rough demo tape recorded solely by Coil member Drew McDowall, Time Machines started to take full form when McDowall enthusiastically delivered these demo recordings to Balance and Christopherson as sketches for a new Coil project with the primary goal of shifting Coil’s sound further into a more conceptually abstract direction. Largely recorded in 1997 using single takes with minimal post production, these four drones contain every intended fluctuation and tone, along with every glitch of the original – “Artifacts generated by your listening environment are an intrinsic part of the experience.”

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released September 1, 2017


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Drew McDowall New York, New York

New York based electronic musician on Dais Records, former member of Coil, Psychic TV, The Poems.

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