Coil vs. ELpH
Born Again Pagans


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UK CD EP Threshold House ESKATON 002

  1. Protection
  2. Glimpse
  3. Crawling Spirit
  4. pHILM #1

John Balance
Peter Christopherson
Drew McDowall
Danny Hyde

1 credited to Coil and being featured on the forthcoming compilation, The Sound of Music.
2-4 credited to ELpH.
This release is referred to as "Protection EP;" "Coil vs. ELpH;" and "Born Again Pagans."

A 20 minute EP-length CD from Coil and one of their alter-egos, ELpH. The Coil track, "Protection", is an acid house remix of some music written for "The Gay Man's Guide to Safer Sex" and is (eventually) slated for release as part of upcoming Coil soundtrack compilation, "The Sound of Music". Its well done as house goes, but doesn't break any new ground either. The three ELpH tracks are more distinctively Coil-esque than the Coil track. The first track is a slow, meditative ambient piece, which gives way to a very dark, intense (and all too brief) ambient piece. The final track is a reprise of the first ELpH track, which is now given time to develop further. I enjoyed this CD a great deal when I first picked it up, though its now one of my less frequently listened to Coil releases.

by Peter Werner -

I do like Protection for what it's worth. The melody that opens up in the second half of the song is why i listen to it. I think there *is* indeed a lot going on in the percussion side of it, too, only i like the sequenced staticy sounds used as percussion better than any of the specific drum sounds they used. And that cascading bubbley water sound is nice too, gives you something to do you know? The three track *after* Protection are what really grab me, however. Very nice layers in those. Makes for a nice 15-20 minutes listening session in the vast bright deep. - Noah Jurcin