Boomkat Product Review:
Necessary reissue of Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis’ sole, sought-after side as Cupol, marking the period before they started Dome with a spellbinding tribute to The Master Musicians of Jajouka’s trance-inducing harmonies and driving percussion.
After spending their energies on Wire’s trio of taut post-punk classics, Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, and 154, and inspired by listening to the Master Musicians’ recordings, Gilbert and Lewis took this opportunity to work with more open-ended templates under a name that referenced the architectural features - a rounded dome or turret - found in many Moroccan villages, and which would literally be translated into their subsequent project, Dome.
However, these track sound like quite unlike anything they made before or after, with the A-side’s suite of four parts conjuring a discordant miasma of nervous, grinding grooves and possessed vocals swarmed by kinetic noise, with some outstanding punkish thrust to Anchors and the gristly jag of Quicken Your Step.
Still, the biggest attraction is no doubt their 20 minute B-side - almost a lifetime compared to the 2 minute shots of their previous records - where Gilbert & Lewis get totally locked into a rickety, hypnotic chug layered up with whirligig noise and sloshing, unquantised rhythms that sound like a melting, prototypical Muslimgauze piece.