Immersion – Nanocluster Vol. 1
LP – DL – CD
This an album of ‘brilliantly visceral and heady intuitive jams’, brought to us from Immersion and guests at their Brighton club night. Featuring alongside Immersion Tarwater, Laetitia Sadier, Ulrich Schnauss and Scanner. Fighting Boredom have been listening, have a look below.
This record came from the Nanocluster club night in Brighton which hosted cutting edge and influential bands, run by the members of Immersion alongside the DJ and promotor, the night would end with a performance by the headliners and Immersion featuring music written and recorded only three days before the event. These are the recordings made before the performances and give a wonderful record of what happens when musical pedigrees mix together and what can be created.
Each recording begins with the foundation of Malka Spigelfrom Minimal contact and Colin Newman from Wire. It kind of goes without saying that this must be both a fantastic place to start and also pretty intimidating. But the four different musicians or groups featured here have risen to the occasion brilliantly.
Tarwater are a German duo and their three songs are soft, flowing and bubble from a feeling of flowing rippling water dappling in sunlight, through a dub undertone to a playful, filled with hopeful emotion, song about cats and how we love them.
The next artist joining Immersion is Laetitia Sadier, you will know her from both Stereolab and her own solo work. The first track has her guitar winding around the fuzzy drone and bright synths. She sings on the other two and they go from a slightly darker groove, which she transforms with a bright shining singing voice, to a quiet but bouncy duet to finish with. A beautiful trio of songs.
Ulrich Schnauss is both a member of Tangerine Dream and highly skilled with electronics. The songs in which he joins Immersion are quiet and delicate, the first with stories of travelling on and on as the music flows alongside moving ever forwards. The layers of sound carry on through the trio as brilliantly constructed layers of sound meticulously move us along and into light and hope.
Scanner has worked with the members of Immersion before in the brilliantly named Githead but this is different. The first track is a dark, night time walk through a cold war landscape, moody and slow. This moves to delicate layers grainy in the morning light as the world wakes up and to finish the sound of quiet travel into the sunshine with road running ever ahead of you.
It’s a beautiful piece of work and a fantastic album, a snapshot of time and music. Fighting Boredom highly recommend you have a listen.
The club night Nanocluster has a Facebook page.
All words by Adrian Bloxham.