Today Malka Spigel has revealed her new single Tall Grey Buildings, a track from her new EP Gliding which will be released through Swim on May 19.
Known for playing in post-punk band Minimal Compact as well as playing in Githead with partner Colin Newman (also of Wire), Malka Spigel’s solo work has earned a loyal following over the last few years.
In the winter of 2012, Malka Spigel played a series of concerts in France and Israel with a full band to promote her third solo album, Every Day Is Like the First Day. The performances drew not only on her latest record but also on several of her earlier releases with older tracks (in completely rearranged formats) becoming highlights of the live set and, in turn, laying the foundations for Gliding.
Immediately following the 2012 dates, Spigel embarked on a studio project with the band. The objective was to revisit those live highlights as a springboard for recordings that would capture the power and dexterity of the musiciansʼ live performances and at the same time channel their creative synergy into new sonic territory.
As always, Spigel gathers an eclectic range of styles. Her signature dubby bassline and a rolling rhythm anchor the harmonically lush Strumgliding. Dating from Spigelʼs 1993 solo debut, Rosh Ballata, the Hebrew-language Hacol Zaram Beyachad (featuring Campbell on guitar and backing vocals) is elegant in its simplicity. Meanwhile, on Tall Grey Buildings, Spigel transforms the austere urban landscape into blissful pop, in the process reinventing shoegazing for 2014. By contrast, the closer, Dreamwalking, is a darker, harder-edged, more mysterious affair with its kaleidoscopic layers of guitar, Mellotron and heavy, distorted bass.
Gliding is a transitional record, or perhaps a prologue, for Spigel: this is very much the work of an artist on the threshold of a new creative cycle, re-imagining existing material in intriguing, forward-looking ways, brimming with fresh ideas and pointing ahead in myriad directions.
Gliding features the core lineup of Spigel (bass, vocals), her partner Colin Newman (Wire/Githead; guitar), Ronald Lippok (To Rococo Rot/Tarwater; drums), Gil Luz (Mambas; keyboards) and Uri Frost (Mambas; guitar). Also making appearances are Matthew Simms (It Hugs Back/Wire; guitar) and Julie Campbell (Lonelady; guitar).