Malka Spigel Premieres "See It Sideways" Video

posted July 30, 2012

Malka Spigel Premieres "See It Sideways" Video

Malka Spigel will release Every Day Is Like The First Day On September 4 via Swim. Every Day Is Like The First Day features Malka Spigel, Colin Newman and number of collaborators including Andy Ramsay (Stereolab; Press Play), Johnny Marr (The Smiths; Modest Mouse; The Cribs) and Matthew Simms (It Hugs Back; Wire) among many others. Paste is running a premiere of the video for "See It Sideways." The track is also available on Soundcloud to post and share. Malka says, "The first line from this song "See It Sideways" - Don't think too much says a lot about how we created Every day Is Like The First Day. Those lyrics are like both a set of instructions and a description of how we made the record. It wasn't planned that way, nothing was planned, it just kind of connects."

Originally from Lodz, Poland, but raised in Tel Aviv, Malka Spigel began her musical and artistic life in Amsterdam in the early 80s. There, she first picked up a bass guitar and, with fellow émigrés Berry Sakharof and Samy Birnbach, founded Minimal Compact, whose middle-eastern nuanced post-punk would garner a large, loyal following, especially in continental Europe. The band (later joined by Rami Fortis and Max Franken) put out six studio albums between 1981 and 1988, and their song "When I Go" - sung by Spigel - was famously featured on the soundtrack to Wim Wenders's 1987 film, Wings of Desire. Although Minimal Compact haven't released any new material for over two decades, their stature has continued to grow with each reawakening of the band for live work: six dates in Israel in 2012, for instance, saw them play to crowds unimaginable even in their heyday.

In 1985, Spigel met Wire's Colin Newman - then producing Minimal's Raging Souls - and collaborated with him on Commercial Suicide in 1986. They married soon after and, basing themselves in Brussels, developed a creative partnership on various projects before relocating to London in 1992. The couple then set up the Swim~ label, releasing Spigel's debut album, Rosh Ballata (1993), as well as projects recorded under the names Oracle and Immersion. Spigel's mini-album, Hide, and her second full-length record, My Pet Fish, both followed in 1997.

Inspired by the experience of creating an Immersion installation for Event Horizon at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 1996, Spigel began to pursue her interests beyond music, earning a degree in Fine Art (specialising in video and photography). She subsequently made video work for Immersion and promos for Minimal Compact, Vapourspace, Githead and Wire. Under the name Maya Newman, she also established herself as a photographer. Now widely known for her innovative, arresting work with Lomo LCA cameras, she has had major shows in Strasbourg (2008), Tel Aviv (2010) and Jerusalem (2011).

Although Spigel has broadened her artistic horizons over the past decade, she hasn't abandoned music. Far from it. In 2004, with Newman and Robin Rimbaud, she formed the band Githead, which has to date released three acclaimed albums: Profile (2005), Art Pop (2007) and Landing (2010). In 2010, Spigel also developed Hopper, a site-specific performance and installation project. - WILSON NEATE

Every Day Is Like The First Day features:

Malka Spigel & Colin Newman


  • Alexander Balanescu (Balanescu Quartet)
  • Andy Ramsay (Stereolab; Press Play)
  • Gil Luz (DJ; Mambas)
  • Johnny Marr (The Smiths; The The; The Healers; Modest Mouse; The Cribs)
  • Julie Campbell (LoneLady; Psychic Life with Jah Wobble)
  • Matthew Simms (It Hugs Back; Wire)
  • Nik Colk Void (Factory Floor; ex-KaitO; Carter Tutti Void)
  • Ronald Lippok (To Rococo Rot; Tarwater)
  • Teho Teardo (Film composer; winner of the Morricone Prize; Modern Institute) Martina Bertoni (Teho Teardo collaborator; Modern Institute)
  • Vanessa Cremaschi (Teho Teardo collaborator)