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Lewis, Edvard Graham – “All Over” – [Editions Mego]

Thurston Hunger   9/19/2014   A Library, CD

ALLOVER-350
Dormant for a decade, the erstwhile Wire bassist delivered twin
discs this year. On this, “All Over” EGL drops a more pop or at
least song-oriented set of tunes. As on “All Under” a heavy
low-end more than anchors the work here, as befits a bassist.
There is still careful attention to electronic atmospherics,
well-oiled machinery clicking and ticking, voice distortions
and dub auras. Lyrically perhaps a thread of traveling and
unraveling is woven into the songs here. Percussion is not
so much industrial as it is inorganic. Most tracks have
lyrics, spoken, broken, switched and restitched. “Prism
Buzzard” is one that does *not* sound like Grand Galaxy
Central Station at midnight, robo-waxers glide through the
hallowed emptiness. Is “Where’s The Affen?” a wiretapping
of an airport’s white courtesy phone? #6 segues tightly into
#7 which is an oddly happy, and moreso, happily odd bumping
number with the chorus “sorry but We’ve Lost Your Mind”
(travelers in the next millennium will have it rough).
If they offer you a temporary replacement mind, make sure
it includes memories of this album, as well as some of
Lewis’s earlier work in Dome and He Said (both of which
KFJC has, and should remain Mute in our library). Insistent
and twisted work here, has he collaborated with Matmos
seems like his “Bluebird” and their “Rats” could play well
together.

-Thurston Hunger

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