THE CULT ‘HIDDEN CITY’ – OUT NOW ON COOKING VINYL
The Cult return with their tenth studio album to date, and first in three years, the brutal and beautiful masterpiece ‘Hidden City’, out now!
“Some of the fiercest, nastiest, most powerful – and also starkly beautiful – music of their career” – **** Mojo
“Hidden City is Pure Cult” – Q
“The strongest Cult songs in years” – **** The Guardian
‘Hidden City’ is the third and final part of The Cult’s critically acclaimed trilogy that began with 2007’s ‘Born Into This’ and was followed by 2012’s ‘Choice Of Weapon’. The ground-breaking album is produced by Bob Rock and contains Ian Astbury’s trademark baritone and captivating lyrics paired with Billy Duffy’s smouldering textured guitar tones, creating yet another fearless and poignant musical environment for The Cult’s legion of devoted fans.
From the sonic assault of the opening track “Dark Energy”, “Hidden City” launches quickly into the dark underbelly of its subject matter. Stemming from the Spanish phrase “La Ciudad Oculta” or “hidden city,” the album reflects an awakening of consciousness through its tone and complexity. “Hidden City is a metaphor for our spiritual lives our intimate interior lives,” explains Astbury. “I find today’s gurus are trying to peddle some cure, product or insight as if it’s a new phenomenon. My place is to respond, not react, to observe, participate and share through words and music. There is no higher authority than the heart.”
“Hinterland” is a place both real and imagined, a hidden city symbolic of a new Rome. Through the eyes of several witnesses we observe a young woman as she realizes here enlightened self in a dystopian dream world. Hinterland is filled with symbolism reflecting a new aeon in the shift of human consciousness as we realign with our planet’s natural rhythms,” commented Astbury.
Talking about the new album, Astbury comments: “‘Hidden City’ is a metaphor for our spiritual and intimate interior lives. I find today’s gurus are trying to peddle some cure, product or insight as if it’s a new phenomenon. My place is to respond – not react, to observe, participate and share my thoughts through words and music. There is no higher authority than the heart.”
The Cult ascended the ranks of the music world to achieve global status, selling millions of albums and touring around the world. The Cult’s 2014 performance at Coachella was hailed by Rolling Stone as “the Messianic moment of Coachella 2014”.
Produced by Bob Rock and written by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy the team has collaborated on what has turned out to be the brutal and beautiful masterpiece “Hidden City”.
The Cult have revealed in a storied career. From the iconic Love album bursting with idealism to the dystopia of 2001’s Beyond Good & Evil to the current seductive “Hidden City”, the band lives their art. A new chapter dawns for The Cult as the future unfolds The Cult will respond. It’s what they do.
The Cult are Ian Astbury (vocals), Billy Duffy (guitars), John Tempesta (drums), Grant Fitzpatrick (bass), Damon Fox (keyboards + rhythm guitar).
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