With guest electric viola from William Breeze adding to the unearthly strangeness of the release as a whole, Summer Solstice continues the seasonal series of EPs from 1998 in fine style. John Balance is in excellently haunting voice throughout, and on the opening title track his mysterious, husked singing, sometimes slightly overdubbed or echoed, blends perfectly with Breeze's work and the clipped percussion making a slow pace. "Summer Substructures" contains more of the chaotic side of Coil, Balance repeating a series of questions and statements over a backwards-run rhythm loop that rises and fades along with any number of other drones and strange noises. "Glow Worm/Waveform" steers away from beats in favor of a dark, dreamlike flow of music and singing, with Breeze particularly prominent. "A Warning From the Sun," dedicated to a friend of Balance's who took his own life, concludes things with some truly crazed swirls of aggressive noise to match the high-pitched vocals, mournful steel guitar twang adding to its astonishing impact.
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AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett