Basically this is a bunch of mostly instrumental demos Graham Lewis recorded prior to his first He Said album 'Hail'. Much of it is very repetetive and quite brutal early shadows of what later became very polished weird pop. Whilst 'Hail' has dated badly due to it's reliance on the newest mid eighties technology, pre He still sounds fresh. I've always liked a bit of primitivism, and this is as rough and ready as Lewis stuff gets minus the Gilbert. Actually sounds coser to his recent Hox album or some of the droney Gilbert collaborations which were compiled on 8 Time on 4AD. Those curious should snap it up as WMO will not be repressing once it has sold out.
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A 5-track cornucopia of ideas and gristly use of technology18 Dec. 2008
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As a fan of Wire's more experimental work and the solo and duo projects of Bruce G. and Graham L. I just couldn't pass this one up. Right in the 'no limitations' attitude of their projects like Dome Pre>He is an EP(?) of material between Dome and his Lewis' first major solo debut, He Said. 5 tracks clocking in at over 50 minutes, this piece of experimental music history is sure to please those who know what they're getting into. For instance, you probably won't care for this if you haven't yet embraced the industrial or electronic music at its bare minimums. Most Wire fans will surely disregard these tracks as little more than repetitive noise, but honestly I can say exactly that same thing about the Pink Flag album. So anyway:
Dolass Violphin: a strange loop replayed for 18+ minutes with minor variations that only a lover of things that can't be loved can love. The sound isn't annoying nor dull, and hearing it mutate over that range of time is not as painful as one would expect.
Front, Back, and Profile: A very ambient, hollow atmosphere made by instruments that aren't instruments begins this piece which later evolves into more solid and heavy sounds. Not as progressive in sound today, but bare in mind this is from the early 80's, and for that time this packs quite the unearthly punch.
He Said, 'Argh...': sounds straight from the musings of Dome. Disastrous noises fall in and out between segments of what might sound like music. The mixing is what makes the variations work so harmoniously, even if the track as a whole is rather chaotic.
Lying In State: much like its predecessor 'Dolass Violphin' this lengthy (14+ mins) track takes an individual piece of sound and gradually distorts and re-arranges it. Then unlike the first track it's much more organic, echoing sound, not so much electronic, which makes the two compliment each other in a cohesive manner.
Fresh Life: The only vocal piece, it's hardly conventional with its varying tones of angst. Lewis's voice sprinkles over the hard-edge industrial noise of this menacing affair. I remember one reviewer once stating that this track is an early version of 'Pump', which appears on the first HE Said album, but these two are totally different ideas.
There isn't a single track that I don't enjoy, and while it may take some time to grow on some listeners, beware that this album should be taken in after hearing the other work of Lewis and/or Bruce Gilbert (Colin Newman enthusiasts probably won't get this).