2020 restock. 2×12″ version. Shackleton and Ernersto Tomasini present Devotional Songs. Devotional Songs is Shackleton’s most expansive, ecstatic and hallucinatory music to date. Four long-form pieces developing the free-flowing compositional aesthetic of his recent Deliverance series (2014-2015) and Powerplant performances: fiery rhythmic-melodic turbulence channeling Congotronics way to the east – with an aura of restrained mania reminiscent of the feral pomp and gallows humor of Coil’s “moon-musick” phase – all earthed by dub-wise bass. The pairing with Ernesto Tomasini – the cult singer, performer and artist whose history spans experimental theatre, cabaret and collaborations with Othon, Marc Almond, Sleazy, Julia Kent and David Tibet among many others – is a match made in heaven. With his four-octave voice swooping from deep growl to piercing falsetto, Tomasini’s presence both heightens the taste for the theatrical that’s always been integral to Shackleton’s music, and makes explicit the latter’s kinship to the occult energies of the UK’s post-industrial underground. As the record’s title suggests, these are shadowy songs rich with allusions to bodily ritual and psychic exploration, with Tomasini’s lyrics framed by luminous whirls of hand-struck drums and synthetic gamelan, bells and tumbling organ melodies. “You Are The One” escalates from delicate choral chant to full-bore psychedelic organ freak-out. “Rinse Out All Contaminants” is a slow incantation, to purge all negative thoughts. The melodies of “Father You Have Left Me” are smudged like early Steve Reich, then burned out by snarling subs; and the magnificent “Twelve Shared Addictions” balances elliptical melodies like spinning plates, gradually unfurling into a break-neck storm of voice and hammered keys. A remarkable collaboration that hints towards new emerging futures for Shackleton, a pioneer in electronic sound and rhythm.