Friday, 24 April 2009

Julian Cope’s brand new free action group Black Sheep

KISS MY SWEET APOCALYPSE is the debut double-LP and 2CD
set from Julian Cope’s brand new free action group
Black Sheep, a nine or ten piece ensemble of outsider
reprobates whose spirited performances upon
massed orchestral percussion, Mellotron 400s and
acoustic guitars summon dead ancestors
and memories of times past in an effort to achieve total
psychic Meltdown. Black Sheep music is of the moment,
beautiful as a princess one minute, hobbling like a
smitten ditch-dweller the next.
Songs are long and strung out, combining chanting
and street protest with ambient meditations on the
Culture Heroes of the Past. Eulogies to such
Revolutionaries as Che Guevara (‘Ernesto’),
Ulrike Meinhof(‘We’re the Baa-aader-Meinhof’) and one
of Cope’s long time obsessions Leila Khaled,
are offset by chanting and masseddrum works outs
(‘Protest Underground’, ‘War! Peace!’,
‘Underground Resistance’) and tripped out ambulant
pieces such as the near-half-hour long title track.
Clothed in Anarchist red-and-black replete with
a delightful Black Sheep calendar,
unfortunately, for Motherfuckers and
the children of Motherfuckers only