Her Majesty’s Coroner For Wirral ‘Esoteric Healing: Friend Or Foe?’ (Emotion Wave)

Lo Five’s Neil Grant takes inspiration from an occult-tinged tragedy at a new age healers’ conference. “My name is Diana Phoenix,” begins the icy voice-over on opener ‘Magical Greetings’, “founder of the Association of Naturopathic Therapists and Transpersonal Psychologists.” What follows is a splendidly sinister concoction of manipulated muzak, glacial ambience and chilling psychobabble about “auras”, mercilessly conveying Grant’s waspish scepticism. Bonus points too for being surely the only release of 2020 to include an actual coroner’s report.

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