IDES OF GEMINI "Carthage" b/w "Strange Fruit" 7"
Two brand new and exclusive tracks from Los Angeles, CA juggernaut IDES OF GEMINI.
“Cathage” inhabits side A. It begins with a doomy, acoustic summoning of the spirits of a barren world. Invocation complete, the band goes full tilt into their brand of overdriven power and command, charging onward and upward through forest and sky, dragging the doomed, sorrowful carcass of humanity itself into light. Written and recorded after Old World New Wave (Neurot/Sige), the track offers another brilliant moment in the band’s beautifully evolving sound.
Side B is one of the most stunning and emotionally stirring covers of “Strange Fruit” ever put to tape. Written as a poem by Abel Meeropol in 1937, and set to music famously by Billie Holiday in 1939, the song stems from Meeropol’s original protest piece against the racial lynchings that marred the early 20th century in America. It has been covered many times over since (including versions by NINA SIMONE, LOU RAWLS, ANNIE LENNOX, JEFF BUCKLEY. SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES, DIANA ROSS, TORI AMOS, and countless others). IDES OF GEMINI dug deep on this one, perfecting a uniquely somber and haunting arrangement the poem/song has simply never seen.
All copies are pressed on limited edition, one-time-only runs of either clear or black vinyl. The title goes immediately out of print after Record Store Day. Exclusive cover art by Jas Helena rounds out this dauntingly monolithic slab of wax.
02. Strange Fruit