A rebours, from Marc Almond, Jeremy Reed and Othon


We’ve got a real treat here for Marc Almond fans – the last of his very limited edition Against Nature collaboration with Jeremy Reed and Othon – up for grabs exclusively from the Cherry Red website


Against Nature is said to be the seminally decadent novel of 19th Century fin de siècle Paris. It explores the central character of Des Esseintes who, as Jeremy Reed explains lived, “a life governed by deviated aesthetic obsessions and the desire to subvert…. nature through artificial pursuits. Endemically bored, wealthy, disillusioned, acutely refined, phobic and neurotic and singularly disgusted by humanity he withdraws from Paris as a middle-aged sensualist to live with servants as a recluse”.

Jeremy Reed, who has been variously described as “British poetry’s glam, spangly, shape-shifting answer to David Bowie’ by the Independent newspaper and as ‘The most beautiful, outrageously brilliant poetry in the world’ by the singer Björk, wrote the libretto. He talks of all three of the creatives in this project, Marc Almond, Othon and himself, as finding, as they engaged in the musical recreation of Des Esseintes’ extreme psychology, that they all ‘discovered characteristics in common with our subject and a deep sense of empathy with our romantically jaded anti-hero’s quest for the ultimate sensory experience, while acknowledging it’s futility’.

Marc Almond states, “Against Nature became one of my very favourite books. In fact characteristically like its protagonist Des Esseintes, I became obsessed with it. It influenced lyrics in my songs and it was my dream to, one day, do a musical piece based on it. Its themes of decadence, isolation, obsession, addiction, despair and its abandonment of morality relate directly to modern life and the search for some kind of spiritual fulfilment”.

The book ‘Against Nature’ itself profoundly influenced Oscar Wilde in his writing of ‘The Portrait Of Dorian Gray’.

Against Nature track listing


Black Feast

Indigo And Orange

The Green Fairy

The Slice

Flowers And Cannibals

Golden Sun

Little Judas

My Obsessions

Foggy Harbour Days

Uranian Blues


Me And My Coffin

Rubies Down The Drain


This album is available as a 3 panel gatefold sleeved vinyl LP with printed inner bag and there is also an extremely limited edition purple vinyl LP, again in a 3 panel gatefold sleeve with printed inner bag. There is also the CD edition.

More info is available here -> Cherry Red