With Analogue Creatures Living on an Island, Colin Newman and Malka Spigel hitch four more songs to their previously released EP Analogue Creatures. If you already sprung for the 10-inch, you can purchase the remaining songs on a 10-inch of its own, appropriately named Living on an Island.
The four songs of Living on an Island — “Fireflys”, “Nanocluster”, “Spinner”, and “Living on an Island” — nicely round out the picture that Analogue Creatures first presented in the winter of 2016. Though Immersion themselves deal in a very particular subset of ambient instrumental music, packaging all nine songs together for Analogue Creatures Living on an Island makes for a more well-rounded product. Tracks like “Fireflys” and “Spinner” in particular make more use of treble clef sounds and are less reliant on the gently-pulsing beats that the previously-released material did. The resultant album is one with emotional peaks and valleys but no dip in quality or momentum. I thought Analogue Creatures was merely okay, but Analogue Creatures Living on an Island has now helped set me straight.