Exposé Online banner

I.E.M. — I.E.M.
(Delerium DELEC CD 047, 1996/1998, CD)

by Dan Casey, Published 1999-11-01

I.E.M. Cover art

The Incredible Expanding Mindf*ck is one of Steven Wilson’s (Porcupine Tree, No-Man) side projects. The goal of the original IEM album from 1996 was to do an anonymous Krautrock project. The Delerium reissue adds a new bonus track “Headphone Dust” to the original four tracks from the 1996 album. The notes and artwork give no indication of who the musicians are, but I believe that most everything except the drums was played and produced by Wilson. The music draws from various Krautrock sources like Amon Düül, Neu, Can, and Ash Ra Tempel, but it also adds a lot of Wilson’s own unique touch with his guitar sounds and exquisite production values. Each of the four tunes from the original album seems to represent a different ideal, and none of them relate all that well to each other, giving an album that has a bit of an unbalanced feel to it. But each tune is extremely well done and manages to capture the essence of something very familiar and yet strangely modern in its execution. For example, the bass and ethnic percussion of “Fie Kesh” create a lulling groove which slowly hammers away in a relaxing manner while the final “Deafman” is almost a punk-rock take on a mechanical but distorted Neu-like riff. And then the bonus track “Headphone Dust” contains nothing but a few acoustic and electric guitars, eerily strumming away off into space. I wouldn’t necessarily say that The I.E.M is the pinnacle of Wilson’s career, but this project has a very unique vision and is faithful in delivering the goods.


Filed under: Archives, Issue 18, 1998 releases, 1996 recordings

Related artist(s): Steven Wilson / I.E.M.

Latest news

2019-02-21
You Can Be Part of an Ambient Electronic Project – The Gesture of History is a new electronic project put together by Sam Rosenthal of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Steve Roach, and violist Sam Shadow. The music started as an instrumental track Rosenthal was working on for a Black Tape album, but took on a life of its own and demanded further enhancements. The majority of the funds raised will go to manufacturing costs for LP and CD editions, as well as other items as detailed on the Kickstarter page. » Read more

2019-01-31
Keyboardist Ingo Bischof R.I.P. – Keyboard player Ingo Bischof, best known as the longtime keyboard player of German band Kraan, passed away on January 29th, 2019. Bischof was born January 2, 1951 in Berlin-Kreuzberg and joined Kraan in 1975. » Read more

2019-01-11
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more

2019-01-02
Chicago-Based Surabhi Ensemble Tours the World in January – Surabhi Ensemble was formed more than a decade ago in Chicago with the aim of bringing together musicians from varying traditions to make music. Saraswathi Ranganathan, who plays veena, assembled a cast that includes Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and percussion from Africa and India. This month, the group will be sharing their sounds with concert-goers in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. » Read more

2018-12-23
Seaprog Festival Seeks Donations – Seaprog is a small festival in Seattle that highlights creative music from many genres with artists from around the world. It's also a US non-profit organization. They're seeking donations to help keep the ball rolling. Starting in 2013, the organization has been growing, and has featured such artists as Free Salamander Exhibit, Jack o' the Clock, Nik Turner, Cabezas de Cera, Miriodor, Thinking Plague, and many more. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Theo Travis & Mark Hewins - Guerrilla Music – Well-traveled woodwinds man Theo Travis and vanguard guitarist Mark Hewins join forces on a departure outside the main scope of the efforts on Guerrilla Music. The nine pieces contained herein belie a...  (2003) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues