Exposé Online banner

Thee Majesty — Thee Fractured Garden
(Voiceprint TEMPVPCD031CD, 1996/2004, CD)

Thee Majesty — A Hollow Cost
(Voiceprint TEMPVPCD032CD, 1994/2004, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 2005-03-01

Thee Fractured Garden Cover artA Hollow Cost Cover art

The incarnations of Genesis P-Orridge continue to manifest in many different and sometimes compelling ways. Two of the composer’s spoken word series are reissued here by Voiceprint in part to give the poetic raver room to espouse his own view of the world backed by a relentless techno backdrop. Thee Fractured Garden is a bit low-fi, but endearing nevertheless as P-Orridge has much in common with 70s counterculture, Dave Brock and Daevid Allen than one would previously believe. “A Debris of Murder” relates a tentative rant over a subtle bass and drum vibe with congas. “Avatar” is perhaps the trippiest piece on the disc as looped Mellotrons give a slight psychedelic feel in a swirl of sampled bird formation. “Freedom is a Sickness” relies on a quiet drone for the poet’s musings on birth and an individual’s human rights for their gothic pursuits of happiness. P-Orridge’s imagery is often bleak and depressing, but there are a few surprises in the mixes as on “Thee Meeting Ship” where rotated glass provides a loop for more of the artist’s seemingly formless ramblings. The last seven tracks are devoted to a segue of monologues that focus on outer worldly perceptions. Watery backdrops are also utilized to great effect with “dreams...” chanted repeatedly that also creates a hypnotic atmosphere. “S/he is Her/e” is the most rhythmic backing track on the disc with also the most ominous delivery from the composer. In contrast, Larry Thrasher lends a large hand to the artist on the 76 minute track entitled “A Hollow Cost” originally released in 1994. Subtitled “A Spoken Word Revelation” the tone initially created is not far removed from Ummagumma era Pink Floyd. “The Only Joy Is Violation” tirades eventually wash away into a water sanctuary section of the track about ten minutes into the piece. It doesn’t take long for the moment to change into something more sinister with Thrasher’s synth layering echoing more seemingly coherent ramblings. The scariest part of the track happens about mid-way through with crystalline scratches dominating a wordless ambiance. The track finally closes on what sounds like an open field where a riot is taken place; one can easily imagine people running, screaming in a frenzy. Overall it’s clear that P-Orridge has created a career for himself alongside peers such as Tom the Poet and Roy Harper’s spacey poetry. Fans of later Hawkwind, Mother Gong, trance, and techno will all have something to champion in the course of these two discs.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 31, 2004 releases, 1996 recordings, 1994 recordings

Related artist(s): Thee Majesty

Latest news

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more

2020-01-10
Neil Peart RIP – One of rock music's defining drummers has died at the age of 67. Neil Peart's work with Rush provided one of the templates for percussion in rock, and he certainly ranks in the top ten most influential drummers of the 20th Century. Peart retired from playing in 2015 due to health issues, and succumbed to brain cancer on January 7, 2020. » Read more

2020-01-07
Joel Vandroogenbroeck RIP – Word has reached us of the death of Joel Vandroogenbroeck, best known as one of the founders of Brainticket, He also recorded electronic music under a variety of names. He was born August 25th, 1938 in Brussels, Belgium and died December 23, 2019 in Arlesheim, Switzerland, aged 81. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Miriodor - Jongleries Élastiques – Anyone who's at all familiar with Miriodor will be immediately struck by the changes in this French-Canadian band. Where's all the synth, where's all the soprano sax melodies? The addition of Bernard...  (1996) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues