Immersion is a project by Colin Newman of Wire and Malka Spigel of Githead. It was shelved just before 2000 and has now been brought back on Newman’s Swim imprint. Analogue Creatures Living on An Island is glorious synthetic dream pop that lacks structure or rhythm, it nears on drone, but with an undeniable sunshine to it.
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"Oooh get the Immersion on"... "Turn the Immersion off will you"... "I was just turning the immersion on when the phone rang". There -- that's my impersonation of my grandma. Constantly referencing the immersion heater and fitting it into all kinds of daily conversation.
This Immersion isn't a heater at all but a collaboration between Wire's very busy Colin Newman and Malka Spigel of Minimal Compact/Githead. Together they make very pleasant dreamy instrumental music that is based around lovely crisp synth sounds and shards from Newman's ever active guitar. There's a kosmische feel to the tracks with the pulsating vintage synths sounding kind of rhythmic despite the lack of beats. It's all about layering textural synths and building it up into a kind of quivering wash of evocative sound. 'Shapeshifters' is possibly the pick of the bunch so far and the most '70s kraut synth of the lot but most of these vignettes have something heartwarming to offer. On 'Living On An Island' the duo build up a lovely watery sound piece out of absolutely nothing and I really love how Newman's guitar meshes with the synths to provide a delicious crystalline counterpoint. Definitely shades of Eno here but over all a lovely drifty cinematic album for all fans of synth.
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