pre>HE cover

Wire’s Graham Lewis went solo in the mid-1980s, releasing two albums and four singles as He Said, all concurrent to Wire’s second phase (they reformed in 1985). While pre>HE didn’t appear until 1996, it collects formative solo recordings made by Lewis in 1983. As such, they parallel his explorations with Bruce Gilbert – in Dome. Duet Emmo, P’o, etc. – and reflects the tense, rugged experimentation in much of that music. “Dolass Violphin” grinds a gruff loop into the ground over nineteen minutes; the minutiae becomes all-encompassing as surprisingly gentle touches allow the seeming-repetitive noise to morph into different shapes. “Lying In State” takes a similar practice/process as submerges it in a water tank; “He Said ‘Argh…’” and “Fresh Life” inch closer to the electronic rhythms of Lewis’s He Said material, but in this developmental phase, they’re thrillingly taut and tough.

Jon Dale

Free-D (Original Soundtrack) cover

Free-D (Original Soundtrack)

The Ecstasy Of Saint Theresa
Arrival cover


Heather Roche, Alexander Hawkins, Anton Lukoszevieze, Jack Cooper
Talisman cover


Alastair Galbraith
Silver Pyramid cover

Silver Pyramid

Music Now Ensemble 1969
Warm and Cool cover

Warm and Cool

Tom Verlaine
Morse cover


Alastair Galbraith
Tarot cover


Walter Wegmüller