Minimal Compact’s Malka Spigel and Wire’s Colin Newman’s minimal-techno-inspired Immersion, release their first new material under the Immersion name since the 90s.
A new five-track 10” limited to 500 copies called Analogue Creatures will see release in February on their Swim label .
The project between the two has been inactive since the release of 1999’s Low Impact, with the new decade seeing Newman & Spigel refocus their attention to the song based structures of Newman’s Wire, Spigel’s solo works and their collaborative work as Githead alongside Robin Rimbaud/Scanner .
The duo decided to revive Immersion after a synth-based shopping trip in New York at the end of Wire’s US tour earlier this year, eventually giving way to this new release from the pairing. “It’s all about analogue synthesisers and layering,” says Newman of the new release as well as Immersion’s general focus. “You begin with on part and then play on top of it, pass after pass, building up a track with loops of synthesiser and making an arrangement out of it. It’s very organic: there’s not a real sense of direction, it’s just the shape it comes out. There was no guitar ever on early Immersion — it was all synth.
That was how we started, but I had a strong feeling this time that we couldn’t just repeat the same Immersion that we did a long time ago. I felt it should make a step forward and do something it hadn’t done before, which is what it did with the guitars.”
Tracklisting: Side A: 1. Always The Sea 2. Shapeshifters 3. Organic Cities
“With “Juliana Hatfield Sings The Police’ I am continuing the project that I started last year with my “Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John” album. I hope to continue to go deep into covering artists that were important to me in my formative years. The songs I’ve chosen seem to resonate in the present moment.
“Rehumanize Yourself”, “Landlord”, and “Murder By Numbers” explore ugly kinds of nationalism, abuses of power, and the mendacity of large swaths of the ruling class. And then there are the timeless, relatable psychodramas: “Every Breath You Take”, “Can’t Stand Losing You”, “Canary In A Coalmine”.
In the Police, each player’s style was so distinctive, accomplished and unique that I didn’t even attempt to match any of it; for anyone to try and play drums like Stewart Copeland would be a thankless, pointless task that is bound to fail.
Instead, I simplified and deconstructed, playing a lot of the drums myself, in my rudimentary, caveman style. Chris Anzalone (Roomful Of Blues) played the rest of the drums. Ed Valauskas (the Gravel Pit) and I each played about half of the bass parts, while I did all the guitars and keyboards.
I listened to a lot of the Police when I was preparing and making this album, and their recordings are as refreshing and exciting as ever. I hope that my interpretations of these songs can inspire people to keep loving the Police like I did, and still do.” -Juliana Hatfield.
Tracklisting: 1. Can't Stand Losing You 2. Canary In A Coalmine 3. Next To You 4. Hungry For You (J'aurais Toujours Faim De Toi) 5. Roxanne 6. Every Breath You Take 7. Hole In My Life 8. De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da 9. Murder By Numbers 10. Landlord 11. Rehumanize Yourself 12. It's Alright For You
Deluxe 3LP is limited edition & pressed opaque red (LP1 & LP2) + tracklight green (bonus 12”), all vinyl cut at 45 RPM. 2LP gatefold black vinyl + LP3.
The theme this time around is goth, a subject closer to my heart perhaps than that of any Mountain Goats album previous. And while John writes the songs, as he always has, it feels more than ever like he’s speaking for all of us in the band, erstwhile goths (raises hand) or otherwise, for these are songs that approach an identity most often associated with youth from a perspective that is inescapably adult.
Anyone old enough to have had the experience of finding oneself at sea in a cultural landscape that’s suddenly indecipherable will empathize with Pat Travers showing up to a Bauhaus show looking to jam, for example.
But underneath the outward humor, there is evident throughout a real tenderness toward, and solidarity with, our former fellow travellers—the friends whose bands never made it out of Fender’s Ballroom, the Gene Loves Jezebels of the world—the ones whose gothic paths were overtaken by the realities of life, or of its opposite.
It’s something we talk about a lot, how fortunate and grateful we are to share this work, a career that’s become something more rewarding and fulfilling than I think any of us could have imagined. We all know how easily it could’ve gone the other way, and indeed for a long time did. Peter Hughes.
Tracklisting: Side A: 1. Rain in Soho 2. Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds 3. The Grey King and the Silver Flame Attunement
Side B: 4. We Do It Different on the West Coast 5. Unicorn Tolerance 6. Stench of the Unburied
Side C: 7. Wear Black 8. Paid in Cocaine 9. Rage of Travers
Side D: 10. Shelved 11. For the Portuguese Goth Metal 12. Bands ..
Deluxe Bonus 12” only tracks (Selected Goths in Ambient) Side A: 1. For the West Coast Dark Ambient Bedroom Warriors 2. Scaling the Well
Tokyo’s KRIEGSHÖG return with a three new track EP of distorted Japanese hardcore.
Catchy bass driven diabolic hardcore with a vocal style that brings to mind “Who the Helpless” era KURO and the LSD flexi as much as the relentless LA’s ICONOCLAST D-Beat attack creating a background soundtrack for the insanity that is Tokyo’s existance..
The 7” is housed in a DISCHARGE EP style sleeve with flaps on the outside and thumb cut and comes with a lyric insert.