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best of 2015
3R4 - Excerpt 1
3R4 - Excerpt 2
3R4 - Excerpt 3
File under: Experimental
best of 2015

B.C. Gilbert · G. Lewis

3R4 (LP)

Label: Superior Viaduct

Format: LP

Genre: Electronic

In stock


In 1980, after three relentlessly creative albums, the members of Wire were at an impasse, unsure of how to push themselves any further as a four-piece rock band. While frontman Colin Newman spent the band's hiatus mining Wire’s knack for intelligent and contorted pop songs, guitarist Bruce Gilbert and bassist/vocalist Graham Lewis joined forces for a series of experimental projects (Dome, Cupol, etc.) where the primary motivating concept was "studio as instrument."

3R4, the duo's only LP under the B.C. Gilbert / G. Lewis moniker and the very second album to be released on 4AD, eschews melody and structure in favor of ambient-noise soundscapes, metallic textures, and tense moods. If the brief "Barge Calm" tracks appear like sonic exercises, the longer pieces ("3.4…" and "R") are true exorcisms, conjuring supernatural found-sounds with the patience and deliberation of (un)holy men. Play this record loud and try not to think that it is the soundtrack to a lost David Lynch film.

This first-time vinyl reissue is recommended for fans of Faust, David Cunningham and Thomas Leer & Robert Rental's "The Bridge".

File under: Experimental
Cat. number: SV063
Year: 2015

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