Friday, August 27, 2010
Yet another sub rosa gem, HOX it-ness by Wire's E.G. Lewis & A. Karperyd, was produced in 1999 and subsequently lost to all but the most curiously devoted Wire arcana fans. Reflecting a marriage of the most abrasive Dome pieces and the less noise centered rythmic Duet Emmo tracks, the pieces on this album feature E.G. Lewis in horror-show speak-song mode surrounded by a synth/bass/percussion machine structure negotiating itself through a floating abbatoir of fitful noise stabs and punches. While the music on it-ness is a cold unforgiving churn, Lewis' vocal styling, even in its assertive monotone, suggest a potential humanity.