Ann Margaret Hogan - Without the Moon
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Ann Margaret Hogan

Without the Moon

Release date: 25/06/21
genre: Alternative
Format: LP
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Ann Margaret Hogan - Without the Moon


Hogan’s involvement with new wave, new romanticism, post punk and all-things-avant makes her a uniquely
placed character through the last four decades on the scene - her recording/performing biography intersects
with everyone from Soft Cell, The The and The Human League through to Simon Fisher Turner, Barry Adamson,
The Style Council and more recently with Karl O’Connor aka Regis’ Downwards universe.
For ‘Without the Moon’ (a title borrowed from Cathi Unsworth’s book of the same name), Hogan pulls out
some of the most satisfying collaborations from her archive, featuring a couple of tracks originally released
in 1985 on Cabaret Voltaire’s Doublevision label, as well as recordings that are here issued for the very first
time. It’s properly all-over-the-place brilliance, ranging from Nick Cave’s incredible 1983 piano blues slo-mo
grind ‘Vixo’ all the way thru to the Paul Kendall (Nitzer Ebb/Depeche Mode) engineered ‘Come Take My Hand’
produced and featuring Barry Adamson and sounding like some vintage Les Disques du Crépuscule poolside
Opening with ideas mapped out while staying at Lydia Lunch’s gaff in summer ’83, the record lassos 30 years
of Hogan’s personal highlights, harking to a time circa 1984 when she regularly caught The Birthday Party
playing Leeds or London, often crossing paths with Cave, and right thru to 1989’s ‘Come Take My Hand’. While
‘Delirious Eyes’ is a gorgeous slow dervish of swaying middle eastern scales featuring Gini Ball’s elusive
smoke trail vocals, it’s best heard in context of the sequencing, which soon erupts with Marc Almond’s vocals
on the arsonist thrill of ‘Burning Boats’ and JG Thirlwell’s signature clangour, while ’Scattered Carelessly’ was
written in 2008 and gives the sweetest canvas for Hogan’s keys complemented by a whispering Jarboe ov
Swans, and ‘Black Nocturne’ stars a perfectly tempered guitar shimmer by Kid Congo Powers, a longtime
accomplice, whom Hogan first heard playing guitar on The Cra

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