The duo of Malka Spigel of Minimal Compact and Colin Newman of Wire, Immersion is a true collaboration, with no delineation between who plays what. Through the nineties Immer-sion released three acclaimed albums of expansive instrumental electronica. Now 17 years later they are back.
Available as a 9 Track CD and 2 separately released 10” vinyl Immersion’s new album of seductive in-strumentals takes in a range of moods and energies. Though their sound is unmistakable, clearly the duo have evolved.
The pulsing and sliding analogue synths are still present but the most noticeable differences are the introduction of guitars into the mix and an increased sense of urgency to the compositions. This means it can-not be classified as ambient mu-sic.
Although it does have its contemplative moments - such as the gently un-folding Slow Light - the majority of the album is powered by a strong sense of motion.
Nanocluster is a tense, insistent composition. Like the score to some futuristic spy film, it demonstrates their skill at creating sound worlds alive with detail. The urgent forward propulsion of Organic Cities weaves in shades of prime era Tange-rine Dream.
The fact the album has been largely constructed using analogue instrumentation rather than digi-tal definitely gives it a warmth and depth which sets it apart.
1. Always The Sea
5. Living On An Island
6. Mechanical Creatures
8. Organic Cities
9. Slow Light