If there’s truly a Middle Earth, then All Over exists on roughly the opposite plane: the interface between space and sky. This collection of tracks by former Wire member Edvard Graham Lewis is, well, atmospheric, but darkly so, and grounded by thickly layered percussive elements, including drum samples, thoughtfully placed industrial screeches and echoes, and of course, Lewis’ distinctive baritone-robot voice.
Lewis knows his way around a pop song, and it shows in the surprisingly compelling melodies of “Straight Into the Corner” and “We’ve Lost Your Mind”. But where he’s clearly having the most fun with the wonders of 21st century audio production techniques (don’t forget, Wire’s Pink Flag came out almost forty years ago) are the wandering, droning tracks like “Quick Skin”. There’s a confidence, a certainty in each word, bleep, bloop, and beat that makes these songs a hearty, satisfying meal for the ear.
Dig The Horrors or early stuff from The Rakes? Give Lewis’ All Over a go– the full album is streaming on YouTube via the Editions Mego label. And if you like it, you can check out its companion, All Under.