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ANEMONE TUBE - The Three Worlds - Vanity of Allegory

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: The Epicurean cure.19 / La Esencia LER020/2017
Release Year: 2017
Note: third and closing part of the trilogy collecting rare cassette-only material from 1997-2013 (plus unreleased tracks), summarising this under the existentialist worldview of the Theravada Buddhism of the 14th century, containing the three levels of existence of all beings: "Vanity of Allegory" presents a mixture of newer unreleased material (some from the 'Death Over China' sessions) and older tracks from long deleted compilations; 9 tracks, lim. 300
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Far reaching pleasures will be at hand – Anemone Tube reveals a series of three CDs entitled “The Three Worlds: Allegory of Vanity / Forget Heaven / Vanity of Allegory”, referencing a cosmological treatise on the universe from the Theravada Buddhism of the 14th century, the subject matter of which is the description of three levels of existence of all beings and mythical creatures.

This extensive retrospective release contains selected tracks from various tapes released between 1997 and 1999 - mostly rare and unavailable today - as well as yet unreleased tracks recorded between 1997 and 2013, a.o. outtakes from the “Death Over China” recordings, handpicked and recontextualized by Anemone Tube, representing the project’s roughest and most atmospheric material up to date, ranging from depressive ritual experimental ambient over dark rhythmic industrial soundscapes to whirlwind noise. Sharply mastered by Hunter Barr for a powerful, contemporary sound, each CD comes in a 6-panel digifile featuring beautiful photography by Dario Lehner and is available as single CD as well as a limited edition 3 CD set in a lavish slipcase with poster, sticker and patch.

“The Three Worlds” is a work about transience on many levels, perfectly elucidated in the Buddhist Sutra “Far Reaching Pleasures”, “The three worlds are transient like clouds in autumn / Birth and death of all beings unfold like a dance / Their lives rush away like a mountain stream / Vanish like lightning in the sky”, which serves as the contextual framework for the CD series and is translated in the most beautiful and poetic fashion with three painstakingly arranged photographic scenes based on vanitas symbolism of old masters’ paintings.

The object photograph “Vanity of Allegory” plays with the dissolution of all phenomena, the transience of all things, all allegories, featuring an extinguished candle, jewellery – and the artist himself, vacuously pointing his finger a skull laughing at the spectator from the mirror. All that is combined with poetry suggesting the dissolution of the ego, seemingly closing the circle. Besides collected tracks from old and recent cassette releases and compilations, this also features three unreleased tracks from the “Death Over China” recordings and therefore represents the newest cut from the trilogy and thus musically bridges the gap to the recent works of Anemone Tube with their profound depth and complexity of sound.
released October 23, 2017

Music composed, mixed & edited by Anemone Tube. 1 recorded 2013, previously unreleased. 2–4 recorded 2007 – 2008 (Death Over China recording session), previously unreleased. 5 recorded 1998, previously released on Deafness Is Not A Gift compilation CD (Deafborn, 2000). 6 recorded 2012, prev. released on the The Transfiguration Of The Image cassette (Danvers State, 2013). 7 recorded 1998, edited 2012, previously released on Anomalous Silencer 3 comp. CD (Napalmed, 1999). 8 recorded 1998, prev. released on the Allegories For The Future cassette (Loud!, 1999). 9 recorded 2008 and 2012, previously released on This Dismal World split cassette with Dissecting Table (Black Horizons, 2013).
Concept, art and design by Anemone Tube 2015/17. Photography by Dario Lehner 2015, set design, photo editing by Anemone Tube 2015/17. Mastering by Hunter Barr 2017.

The Epicurean . cure.19
La Esencia . NER020/2017
Format: CD & download
Playtime: 37:58 min