8/10 Clinton Staff review, 02 December 2011
What is left to say about the deluge of albums that comprise of synthesizer drones ebbing and flowing, drifting hither and thither? It's a struggle and that's why The Wire spend their time overintellectualising what is basically the sound of a man playing one note on an organ for 40 minutes. There is little new here that I haven't heard several times each Friday morning at God knows what hour as I attempt, under strict instruction, to describe what a particular drone sounds like and how it relates to all the other drones released that week. How this record is better than some of the others I'm not sure. Head Millions honcho David Suss creates clean simple lines and adds frequencies at a leisurely pace, warm yet fizzing, like static electricity through the wires. There's a 1970s synth feel but I can also detect the slow building music of Growing in the construction. The fact that the opening track 'Glacial Time' lasted 17 minutes yet still held its appeal throughout is a testament to the slow, precise way these tracks are constructed. They tend to start off with a single line, slowly really subtle variations come into play, the second track has the lo-end hum of an electricity substation at night, soothing yet spooky. Track 3 is the sound of the wind whilst 'Peel Back the Sky' adds shards of guitar to the brew.
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