WIRE

Mind Hive (Vinyl)

Model: PF25LP

SKU: 377239 Product ID: 268911

Format ‐ LP

Genre ‐ Alternative

Release Date ‐ 24/01/20

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Description

    Mind Hive is the group’s first newly recorded material since 2017’s Silver/Lead. That album garnered rave reviews
    and career best sales. Yet, if Silver/Lead set the bar pretty high, Mind Hive seems to have no problem vaulting over it.
    Be Like Them is a super-angular composition, utilizing a recently rediscovered Wire lyric from 1977. Colin Newman
    and Matthew Simms’ guitars constantly mesh and diverge, whilst the rhythm section ensures the song prowls forward
    with an unstoppable menace. Cactused is the first of Mind Hive’s pop moments. The vocal is wide eyed and wired,
    with effects-heavy guitar work creating a bright web of noise. Primed And Ready rides out on a tightly pulsing synth
    sequence punctuated by icy slivers of guitar. Off The Beach is another prime pop song. With its breezy, optimistic
    melody, and blend of electric and acoustic guitars, the song initially sees the group seemingly celebrating the joys of
    everyday life but things are destined to turn a shade stranger. Unrepentant explores the kind of bucolic soundscape
    early Pink Floyd would have been proud to call their own. Boasting one of the album’s finest texts, the song radiates
    out into a shimmering sonic heat haze. Shadows pulls the classic Wire trick of placing a dark and cruel lyric in a
    musical setting of tender beauty. Never has the recounting of atrocity been so seductively pitched. Oklahoma is the
    muscular and dramatic joker in the pack. Lewis’ dark vocal swims through a rich compound of guitar textures and
    synth tones, building into a masterclass of tension and release. Hung is the album’s centrepiece. This 8-minute
    excursion matches a brief but evocative lyric with a dense, mesmeric guitar grind. Simms and Newman’s keyboards
    add a plaintive note, as the song moves through a series of sections, each with its own distinct atmosphere.
    Humming is a beatless autumnal drift fashioned from delicate keyboard textures and rich soaring guitar tones.
    Newman delivers a state of the world lyric with a touching sense of innocence, whilst the piece ends with Lewis’
    husky baritone listing locations and their difficult associations. An elegiac end to a supremely confident album.

Details

    Primary Format - Music - Vinyl

    Artist - WIRE

    Label - Southbound

    Music Genre - Alternative

    Music Genre Primary - Alternative

Track Listing

LP

  1. Be Like Them
  2. Cactused
  3. Primed And Ready
  4. Off The Beach
  5. Unrepentant
  6. Shadows
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Hung
  9. Humming

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