Review: When it comes to crafting memorable electronica, Malka Spigel and sometime Wire member Colin Newman are old hands. The duo released their first album as Immersion way back in 1994. This fourth full-length follows on from 2016's critically acclaimed Analogue Creatures Living On An Island and shares some stylistic similarities. Like that set, Sleepless contains numerous nods to 1970s krautrock (particularly Tangerine Dream and Popol Vuh), alongside detectable looks in the direction of laidback ambient techno, shoegaze, tactile downtempo grooves, melodic Balearic moments and the kind of hybrid analogue/electronic soundscapes that defy easy categorization. Throughout, the duo push mood and melody to the fore; as a result, the album is deliciously soft-focus and dreamy, even at its' most full-throttle and up-tempo.
Review: Colin Newman and Malka Spigel have had a prolific run of form with their Immersion project, a concept that began all the way back in 1994, and one that has always been released via their own Swim label. No need to mention, really, but yes, Newman is the dude from Wire - so pay attention. Aside from the fact that all their material as a duo has been nothing short of incredible and visionary over the years, but this latest 10" is fully representative of their best material, and if you're into mesmerising lo-fi electronic music, then look no further and be quick, because these are pretty limited! "Always The Sea" drops us into an ocean of deep, manipulated strings and tones, a channel which develops beautifully into five warm and cinematic soundscapes for the dreamers. Hot. Red hot.