Myrninerest was formed in 2012 by David Tibet as a new Sphere within which he and his friends can work. David founded Current 93 in 1984 and has since worked with such idiosyncratic artists as Nurse With Wound, Nick Cave, Shirley Collins, Tiny Tim, Anthony, Bill Fay, Nick Blinko, and Baby Dee. Also a publisher and artist, he recently held an exhibition of his paintings, entitled Magog at the Maypole (Sex of Stars), at NYCʼs prestigious White Columns gallery.
For Myrninerest he works with guitarist James Blackshaw, whose extraordinary new album, Love Is the Plan, the Plan Is Death, was released recently on Important records. Highly regarded for his pieces for solo 12-string guitar, nylon-string classical guitar, and piano, Blackshaw employs finger-picking techniques to create drones, overtones, and repeating patterns, alongside a strong inclination for melody. The resulting instrumental music is both intelligent, hypnotic, and emotional.
Myrninerest’s debut album “Jhonn”, Uttered Babylon is a hallucinatory and harrowing work about the life and death of Coilʼs Jhonn Balance as seen through the eyes of his close friend and colleague David Tibet. With all music on the album composed and played by James Blackshaw, Tibet and Blackshaw are joined onstage by Current 93ʼs violinist Aloma Ruiz Boada, Andrew Liles (electronics), and Reinier van Houdt (piano/organ). As Myrninerest perform, a specially commissioned new film by Davide Pepe about Jhonn Balance - using archival material from David Tibetʼs own collection and photographs supplied by Jhonnʼs father - is projected behind them.
The ensemble made its debut performance at Antony's Meltdown Festival in London in August 2012.