Yesterday I received my copy of Sing Omega, the long-awaited book of the collected lyrics of David Tibet of Current 93. I preordered this book when it was first announced, back in early 2003 (that’s not a typo). I’ve moved six times since then so I’m also a little amazed it found it’s way to me at all. Honestly, I had pretty much forgotten about it until Tibet began mentioning it again in the Coptic Cat newsletter some time last year.
The book is 540 pages of collected lyrics from Current 93’s 30 years of recorded history, from 1983 through the end of 2013. Presented in reverse chronological order, it begins with last year’s I am the Last of All the Field that Fell and continues backward in time until 1983’s LAShTAL.
Based on the number of pages in this edition, if it had been published in 2003 it would have come in at about 310 pages, so we can see that Tibet’s writing has gotten a bit more verbose over the years (averaging ~150 pages per decade for the first 20 years, then 230 for the third). But then, that’s hardly news to anyone who’s been following along. It opens with brief introduction and thank you pages, and closes with a two page afterword written by Thomas Ligotti.
As for the book itself, it’s beautifully cloth-bound and printed on nice paper with high-quality glossy endpapers, with the cover embossed in black with simple artwork on the front and the title on the spine. It came with a cardstock insert printed with a quote from Pomegranate (from the 2011 album Honeysuckle Æons; page 70) and hand signed by David. The pages are all text, with a single black and white photo opposite the title page.
The book’s production is limited to a run of 930 copies, and those of us who preordered when it was first announced also received a limited edition CD consisting of previously unreleased tracks and spoken/read pieces. A line following the credits on the back of the CD slipcover reads, “This CD accompanies all those copies of David Tibet’s Sing Omega that were purchased in the first decade of the Twenty-First Century.”
You can buy copies here while supplies last.
Update: It looks like this book is now sold out and discontinued.