Saturday, August 13, 2011
Wire, "A Touching Display"
By the time they put out 154 in 1979, Wire had taken a turn from the dour art-punk of Pink Flag to a kind of sinister postpunk. Too abstract and ambiguous to qualify as goth, Wire were one of the few British or American bands at the time to actually make modernist art music instead of just affecting the image. What I love about this track is its mercurial nature--it evokes shifting emotions but presents them as part of a natural continuum. The affects change, but the atmosphere remains the same. In fact, that's true of the whole album, and is one reason it's such a compelling listen. Wire have a light, delicate touch. But get ready for the extremely heavy moment just after 3:25, where they whip out a riff that puts most doom bands to shame.
I'm going to be posting more stuff like this. Goth, deathrock, dark ambient, etc. For those readers who are already into this stuff (Ido comes to mind), some things might already be familiar, but I think for a lot of our readers this will be new and interesting territory.