Coil's masterpiece expedition of the effects of substance abuse and their impact on time gets a much-needed reissue via US imprint Dais Records. A deeply entrancing set of recordings that shoots up the most powerful molecules of Coil's mission. Composed of four droning tones, Time Machines was conceived by Peter Christopherson, John Balance & Drew McDowall as a means to facilitate travel through time.
Originally released in 1998 on CD via the group's Eskaton imprint (followed by a vinyl edition in 2002) Time Machines was the stepping stone between Coil's earlier workings of (vaguely) dance music structures and acid house rhythms and the Musick To Play In The Dark series.
Every moment of Time Machines is created from a series of drones that cross over each other much in the same way as the percussive tide of the squid-like track dark river from Love's Secret Domain, yet each track reflects a different side to the same night. The desired effect of taking Time Machines in its entirety is best described here: "Each track is named after the chemical compound of the hallucinogenic drug that they were composed for, and the album was meticulously crafted to enable what John Balance referred to as "temporal slips" in time and space, allowing both the artist and audience to figuratively "dissolve time". While Autechre, when played Time Machines during the Wire magazine Listening Room session (1998) were quoted as saying: "I can’t listen to it anymore. I can’t play it anymore. The last time I heard this it really spun me out. It’s fucking stunning this CD".
Persistence Is All.