Lost Rivers of London


One of the most obviously psychogeographical songs in the Coil catalogue, “The Lost Rivers of London” was inspired by running through the Streets of London tracing it’s now enclosed rivers and uses an excerpt from Hubert Montague Crackenthorpe’s “Vignettes: A Miniature Journal of Whim and Sentiment” (1896) to evoke the emotions of a Victorian London night by the Thames.

The Psychogeographical Commission’s cover is deliberately more ambient than the original replacing the electronic staccato rhythm of the original with a simple cyclic guitar and concentrating more on the rivers themselves as they still wind their way under, past and sometimes through modern Cityscape.

The Psychogeographical Commission was formed at the start of 2008 to explore the many interfaces between the built environment and the people who inhabit it through dérive, magick and sonic experimentation.

After a wandering the back streets of London and other large cities looking for the spirits which now dwell within them, they came to the conclusion that the psychological make-up of cities are at odds with the population’s inherent rural based mythology. People simply aren’t evolving to cope with cities fast enough to keep up with the constantly shifting cityscape.

They then set about creating music which blurs the line between the real and imagined landscapes in order to allow individuals to revaluate their own mythologies and provide new ideas to bring them closer to harmony with their urban surroundings.

Their last recording “Widdershins” documents the inner circle of the Glasgow Subway system which travels in an anticlockwise direction (widdershins), a constant banishing ritual performed daily upon the whole of the west side of Glasgow.

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The full track list for this winter 2012 anthology album consists of 6 tracks by 6 artists, 35 minutes of fantastic music:

  1. T. Thorn Coyle – Hallowed Light
  2. Rev Chloe Kalombinah – Ma Re Ah
  3. The Psychogeographical Commission – The Lost Rivers of London
  4. Kim Cascone – Saltash
  5. Lore Acts – Cimmerian Witness
  6. Leah Bee – Mercy Mother Sri Mix


The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition. I started the benefit anthology project to help promote newer works in the Western Esoteric Tradition to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. The anthology project also further raises awareness about the corpus and culture of magick and ritual.

This is the second issue from the Hermetic Library Anthology Project, and is being released on Imbolc in Winter 2012. I have 6 tracks by 6 artists this time around. This playlist starts strong with a track about moving from darkness into light, through an invocation and liberation of the divine feminine that is also a lament about loss, followed by a fantastic new cover of a Coil track. The playlist continues with a bright track but that is followed by some gritty and creepy noise to remind us that the light hasn’t fully returned. After that I, for my part, am glad of a reminder that the days are getting longer, so there is a final track which brings us back to the theme of returning mercy and light. Quite a nice playlist that works well with the season.

I encourage you to check out the Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com, if you aren’t already familiar with it, as that’s the reason this project exists and may also offer inspiration to you. The site was started in 1996 and has ever since consistently been an extremely popular resource for students and researchers interested in the Western Esoteric Tradition. You may also wish to check out other posts at the Hermetic Library blog and the Twitter and Facebook reflections to see how the library engages people in a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Please join the Hermetic Library in promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. All proceeds from album sales will support the library to help cover hosting costs and other expenses like materials acquisitions.

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