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June 8th, 2019


This Immortal Coil - Tattooed Man

This Mortal Coil were the 1980s supergroup of 4AD artists who released a small handful of critically acclaimed cover albums. This Immortal Coil... well they were similar. Again a group of artists who drew together to record an album of covers, but covers of only one band. The Dark Age of Love was released in 2009 and was a tribute to the late Jhonn Balance, co-founder of Coil.

Tattooed Man was written about (and perhaps for) Marc Almond. Appropriately, it's a dark cabaret number full of the musk of perversion and desire. It was never quite as spare though as in this solo piano version by the French-Israeli singer-songwriter Yael Naïm. She gives it the feel of lonely late night desperation, and in the process illustrates what an underrated songwriting duo Balance and Sleazy were. Very fine indeed.

This Immortal Coil - Tattooed Man