Release Date: Nov 25, 2016
Record label: Swim
With Analogue Creatures Living on an Island, Colin Newman and Malka Spigel hitch four more songs to their previously released EP Analogue Creatures. If you already sprung for the 10-inch, you can purchase the remaining songs on a 10-inch of its own, appropriately named Living on an Island. The four songs of Living on an Island—“Fireflys”, “Nanocluster”, “Spinner”, and “Living on an Island”—nicely round out the picture that Analogue Creatures first presented in the winter of 2016.
When Wire went on a second lengthy hiatus during the 90s, Colin Newman and his wife Malka Spigel (also of post-punks Minimal Compact) co-founded the swim imprint. Aside from releasing music from artists including Ronnie & Clyde and Silo, the pair also teamed up as Immersion; issuing a series of seductive, critically-acclaimed LPs starting with 94’s aptly-titled Oscillating. Newman and Spigel later collaborated (as Githead) with electronica pioneer Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner), but with Newman again principally focused on Wire, Immersion has been on ice since Y2K.
Husband and wife duo Colin Newman and Malka Spiegel have hardly been unproductive since the release of the last Immersion album in 1998. Both have continued working together as half of Githead, alongside Spigel's fellow Minimal Compact member Max Franken and Robin Rimbaud, while Spigel has also continued to release solo albums, with Newman a frequent collaborator, has held acclaimed exhibitions of her photography, and reformed her eighties band Minimal Compact for a series of sold-out shows. Newman, of course, has also kept busy as part of a re-energised Wire.