Boomkat Product Review:
In 1980 Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis temporarily departed their hugely influential post-punk unit Wire, to hole up in the Blackwing studio and conceive the enigmatic sound of Dome. This release collects their earliest output from 1980, snappily titled '1' and '2'. The aim for these recordings was simple; strip back the the Wire aesthetic to achieve a more spontaneous sound influenced by the concept of "studio as instrument". Their sessions yielded some of the most innovative, unique sounds of that era, pushing the capabilities of the studio and its engineer Eric Radcliffe. Essentially 'Dome 1' was a composite album patched from "pre-recorded fragments and ideas compiled over three days", and includes the enchanting debut performance from A.C. Marias on the unforgettable 'Cruel When Complete' and the creeping, introvert drones of 'Ampnoise' among others. 'Dome 2' follows on the same disc, opening with the sacred ambience of 'Red Tent 1 & 2' and shapeshifting thru the dissonant skronk of 'Breathsteps' to the pallid bleakness of 'Keep It'. If you don't know, sort it out!