Nocturnal Koreans

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Nocturnal Koreans
Nocturnal Koreans album cover.jpg
Studio album by Wire
Released 22 April 2016
Recorded 2014–2015 at Rockfield Studios outside Rockfield, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK; Brighton Electric, Brighton, England, UK; Swim studio, London, England, UK
Genre Post-punk, art punk, alternative rock
Length 25:55
Label swim~ PF23CD / PF23LP
Producer Colin Newman
Wire chronology
Nocturnal Koreans

Nocturnal Koreans is the fifteenth studio album by British post-punk band Wire. It was released on 22 April 2016.

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Arts Desk3/5 stars[2]
Consequence of SoundB-[3]
The Guardian4/5 stars[4]
Monsters and Critics3.5/5[5]
PopMatters7/10 stars[6]
TeamRock4/5 stars[7]
Under the Radar8.5/10[8]


The album grew out of tracks initially recorded for Wire’s self-titled 2015 album. At that time, the band had recorded a total of 19 tracks, 11 of which were selected for WIRE.

In a press release for the album, however, guitarist and singer Colin Newman, drew a distinction between the material selected for WIRE and that for Nocturnal Koreans: “The WIRE album was quite respectful of the band, and Nocturnal Koreans is less respectful of the band—or, more accurately, it’s the band being less respectful to itself—in that it’s more created in the studio, rather than recorded basically as the band played it, which was mostly the case with WIRE. A general rule for this record was: any trickery is fair game, if it makes it sound better.”[9]


On 21 April 2016, Stereogum named Nocturnal Koreans their album of the week.[10]

Publication Accolade Year Rank Ref.
The Quietus Albums of the Year 2016 2016

Track listing[edit]

1."Nocturnal Koreans"Graham LewisColin Newman (song) / Wire (music)2:58
2."Internal Exile"LewisNewman (song) / Wire (music)2:54
3."Dead Weight"NewmanNewman (song) / Wire (music)3:03
4."Forward Position"LewisNewman (song) / Wire (music)3:11
5."Numbered"NewmanNewman (song) / Wire (music)3:29
6."Still"LewisNewman (song) / Wire (music)2:30
7."Pilgrim Trade"LewisNewman (song) / Wire (music)4:50
8."Fishes Bones"LewisRobert Grey, Lewis, Newman, Matt Simms (song) / Wire (music)3:02




Chart (2016) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[12] 181
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 98


  1. ^ Phares, Heather. "Nocturnal Koreans review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Green, Thomas H. "'CD: Wire - Nocturnal Koreans'". The Arts Desk. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Kivel, Adam: "Wire – Nocturnal Koreans". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  4. ^ Simpson, Dave. "Wire: Nocturnal Koreans review – abstract pop from post-punk heroes". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  5. ^ Elbaum, Bella. "'Review: Wire: Nocturnal Koreans'". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Garratt, John. "Nocturnal Koreans review". PopMatters. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Winwood, Ian. "Wire: Nocturnal Koreans". TeamRock. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Lucas, Dan. "'Wire Nocturnal Koreans". Under The Radar. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  9. ^ Neate, Wilson "Press Release for Nocturnal Koreans, 3 March 2016". Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  10. ^ Breihan, Tom "Album Of The Week: Wire Nocturnal Koreans". Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "The Quietus Albums of the Year 2016". The Quietus. December 6, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  12. ^ " – Wire – Nocturnal Koreans" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  13. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 April 2016.