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LISTEN: Immersion Are Back
Christian Eede , November 11th, 2015 13:24

Project of Malka Spigel and Colin Newman back for first time since 1999 for new 10" EP; listen to a track from it below

Minimal Compact’s Malka Spigel and Wire’s Colin Newman’s minimal-techno-inspired alias, Immersion, is back as they announce their first release with the moniker since the 90s. A new five-track 10” called Analogue Creatures will see release in February through their label swim~ and above you can check out a track from it, called ‘Organic Cities’, right now.

The project between the two has been inactive since the release of 1999’s Low Impact, but was revived 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.” Analogue Creatures is out on February 5.