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Nanocluster Vol 1. is an album with some serious pedigree. It sees Immersion (aka Malka Spigel and Colin Newman of influential
groups Minimal Compact and Wire respectively) collaborating with some of the finest left field artists of our era: Tarwater, Laetitia
Sadier, Ulrich Schnauss and Scanner. The project was born out of a Brighton based club night, also called Nanocluster, run by Spigel
and Newman alongside writer, broadcaster and DJ Graham Duff, and promoter Andy Rossiter. The club features a range of influential
and cutting edge music acts. But the unique aspect of the evenings is that each show climaxes with a one off collaboration between
Immersion and the headliners. The songs having been written and recorded in the studio in just three days prior to the performance - or
one day in the case of Schnauss. “It could have just been a series of performances.” Says Newman. “But the fact that we had built the
tracks in the studio for the performances means we had these recordings.” Says Spigel. The recordings have since been developed
with Immersion heading up pro- duction duties. The result is a beautiful and unique album. “I think the really interesting thing is how
different everybody is,” says Spigel. “Both as people and creatively.”
Immersion and Tarwater
The German duo of Ronald Lippok and Bernd Jestram have created an impressive body of work. Yet their involvement with Immersion
has opened out their sound, creating a more panoramic soundscape. The opening instrumental ‘Ripples’ is a gentle breathe of
optimism, all purring tones and sun dazzled synths. Meanwhile, ‘Mrs. Wood’ is a dubby psychedelic shuffle, Lippok’s vocal cool and
assured over a fat bass line and skybound eastern melodics. It feels like a more spacious take on the Tarwater of albums such as
‘Suns, Animals and Atoms‘. The four musicians’ 3rd collaboration is Nanocluster’s most pop moment: with a heartfelt yet unsentimental
lyric unfurling over feline rhythms, ‘All You Cat Lovers’ is a feel-good anthem for cat lovers everywhere.
Immersion and Laetitia Sadier
An original and distinctive presence in contemporary music, Sadier made her name with the inimitable Stereolab, but she’s also created
several impressive solo works. The instrumental ‘Unclustered’ sees Sadier’s spidery guitar weaving through Immersion’s lush web of
synths drones. The following ‘Uncensored’ has a subtle melodic tug with a classic Spigel guitar line underpinning Sadier’s sweet yet
worldly wise vocal. ‘Riding the Wave’ is another feel good song, swapping between Newman’s plaintive vocal, and Spigel’s vocal and
Sadier’s backing vocals. With its uplifting chorus: ‘Things have a way of working out’ ‘Riding The Wave’ feels like it might be the sound
of the summer we’ve all been waiting for.
Immersion & Ulrich Schnauss
A highly respected solo artist, as well as being a member of Tangerine Dream, Schnauss’ skill with electronics is legendary.
The opening ‘Remember Those Days On The Road’ skips along on a rimshot rhythm with Spigel’s honeyed vocal telling a tale of life on
tour. Yet it is far removed from such usual fare. This feels vulnerable and flecked with melancholy. ’Skylarks’ opens with a lattice of
arpeggios before a gently nag- ging guitar enters and everything takes a turn for the sublime. ‘So Much Green’ is everything you’d hope
a collaboration between Newman, Spigel and Schnauss could be. A constantly spiralling urban-kosmisch, with Spigel’s plangent bass
anchoring the celestial sounds. The addition of her wordless backing vocals and recordings of real birdsong only serve to elevate the
Immersion & Scanner
Scanner - aka Robin Rimbaud - is one of the most prolific and diverse artists currently working in contemporary music. Spigel and
Newman have of course collaborated extensively with Rimbaud before: alongside Max Franken in the art-pop group Githead. But this is
something very different. Their opening piece together: ‘Cataliz’ is the album’s moodiest moment. With its serpentine synth drones it
sounds like the soundtrack to a mysterious thriller. The rich pulsing ‘Metrosphere’ recalls Immersion’s early work whilst adding another
layer of grainy uncertainty. The closing ‘The Mundane and the Profound’ opens with a “Rimbaud scanned” recording of an irritated flight
attendant but this is eventually subsumed by a simple yet emotive piano figure: a gentle and touching end to a unique collection of
Nanocluster Vol.1 is a testament to a remarkable synergy between a diverse assembly of strongly individual talents. The fact that it not
only succeeds, but excels should be cause for celebration.
Immersion, Tarwater. 1. Ripples // 2. Mrs. Wood // 3. All You Cat Lovers
Immersion, Laetitia Sadier. 4. Unclustered // 5. Uncencored // 6. Riding The Wave
Immersion, Ulrich Schnauss. 7. Remember Those Days On The Road // 8. Skylarks // 9. So Much Green
Immersion, Scanner. 10. Cataliz // 11. Metrosphere // 12. The Mundane And The Profound
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