Githead – ‘Waiting For A Sign’

Wire's Colin Newman and Minimal Compact's Malka Spiegel go ambient on fourth album

Making albums of minimalist gloom isn’t on the to-do list in most marriages, but it seems to work for Colin Newman (of Wire) and Malka Spigel (founder of ’80s Israeli rock act Minimal Compact). With their fourth Githead album, the couple ape the ambient end of Newman’s output with the seminal post-punks, as well as the he’s influenced; Deerhunter, DIIV and Dutch Uncles all spring to mind. Between the glum guitars of ‘The Place We’re In’ and the title track’s rapid motorik pulse there’s a strange sentimentality: ‘Bringing The Sea To The City’ is sweetly soothing and the Neu!-inspired ‘Today’ reaches a gleeful conclusion. Mostly, however, Githead delight in darkness.

Robert Cooke

Details

Record label: Swim
Release date: 15 Dec, 2014