Taste Notes - CALIGULA

A column where every week or two I will try to put out a cocktail based on one of our album picks on InTune - providing an interesting alternative to

9 months ago

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A column where every week or two I will try to put out a cocktail based on one of our album picks on InTune - providing an interesting alternative to capture the essence of a record in a new way.

Lingua Ignota - CALIGULA

As I said on the podcast episode, I hadn't really heard much of anything of Lingua Ignota prior to the announcement of Caligula, and the release of the single "Butcher of the World" but I was immediately taken by the aggressive, abrasive yet looming and haunting nature of the song. To me, Caligula was an absolute no-brainer of a choice upon its release.

and my oh my, it is a release. If you may not know: Lingua Ignota is a moniker used by classically trained multi-instrumentalist and industrial musician Kristin Hayter who has used her music as a means to speak out against abuse and domestic violence. If I were to describe this record with a single word, it would be reckoning - in both the sense of Old Testament and summation. The tracklisting itself seems to follow a history of events. Perhaps (as she's discussed in various interviews) her revisiting her youth and being raised Catholic on "Faithful Servant Friend of Christ," right into the "unending night" of the horrific abuse and violence that has been dealt to her in the past.

Throughout Caligula, there is a recapturing of wrath and rage away from abusers and misogynists, constructing it into a message of hope and uprising for survivors. Moments like the last refrain - "I don't eat / I don't sleep" that close out "Do You Doubt Me Traitor" stopped me dead in my tracks, along with "If The Poison Won't Take You My Dogs Will," beginning with "kyrie eleison" as a plea to Aileen Wuornos, a women who received the death penalty for the murders of several men and, ultimately is a testament to the massive amount of work that needs to be done in how we view the subject of abuse and the violence overall that is done to sex workers.

Caligula is a masterfully crafted industrial noise album with just as much light as there is darkness, something that I think is captured in the brightly lit artwork itself. Something that I tried to capture as well with the ingredients and taste for this drink. For me, the blackberries themselves harken to the Biblical themes throughout the record, while the Pernod provides that strong "bite" and bitterness. I loved how the colour ended up getting darker gradually in places, which I really enjoyed capturing visually.

Here's the recipe I used as a reference:

Fade to Black

5 fresh blackberries

2 oz Spiced rum

3/4 oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 oz simple syrup

1/2 oz egg white

3/4 oz Pernod

Muddle blackberries in shaker, add other ingredients. Shake with ice, strain back into shaker. Dry shake and fine strain into chilled glass. Garnish with 4 drops of Angostura bitters.

Tune in next week or so for another!

Listen to Lingua Ignota's CALIGULA here.

Aidan Liam Cloet

Published 9 months ago