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this record is perfect and i hate to have to choose but it has to be "skin divers". that giant stomping beat (reminds me of "pennyroyal tea" by nirvana strangely) is really cool, and i noticed on listening to the album that the vocals seem to move gradually closer forward in the mix culminating w/this song and perhaps kirsty yate's darkest lyric. fucking mindblowingly awesome. closely followed by "relentless", all crystal arpeggiators and mournful house piano - carl craig should do a remix!

Poll Results

OptionVotes
4 Distractions (5:47) 2
9 Skykicking (7:23)1
1 Walking In Straight Lines (5:07) 0
2 Bent Double (3:39) 0
3 Darling Effect (5:01) 0
5 Relentless (5:18) 0
6 Skin Divers (3:30) 0
7 Carly Simon (3:19) 0
8 Yes (4:56) 0


r1o natsume, Thursday, 16 August 2007 23:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

actually i guess "skykicking" is probably the best song

r1o natsume, Thursday, 16 August 2007 23:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I'm not going to vote yet until I've thought about it more, but (despite what would seem like the obvious choice for me) i'm tempted to choose "Darling Effect" - the guitar, the lyrics, the phrasing, all amazing.

Didn't the guy write the lyrics though?

Hence in "Darling Effect" - "I almost come the moment I'm inside you"

Although it would be even better if it was the singer writing these lyrics.

Tim F, Friday, 17 August 2007 01:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"skykicking" for that little 3 note piano riff thats going round & round in my head RIGHT NOW
argh!

zappi, Friday, 17 August 2007 02:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink

All good. (I am biased.) It is, indeed, a perfect record.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 17 August 2007 02:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

rl0 natsume, i love you, for starting this thread. but, i can't vote. really, i don't have a favorite on this one. it's just one of those albums that i like to light and let burn.

what a great and forgotten dreamy, ambient pop record.

having said all that, earwig's 'under my skin i am laughing' is even better! these people were angels. whatever happened to 'em?

andi, Friday, 17 August 2007 03:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

they discovered the bossa nova, if the wonderful Sweet Tip is any indication.

Mr. Hal Jam, Friday, 17 August 2007 12:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Sweet Tip was a nice record, but those horrible sleeve pics!

still think 'Clear Skin' was their watermark...

vote "Distractions"!

(though the "Off The Wall" bass line in "Walking In Straight Lines" almost puts that one in the catbird seat)

henry s, Friday, 17 August 2007 13:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

love this album. im voting 'distractions'.

Michael B, Friday, 17 August 2007 13:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink

it's funny, i think "carly simon" and "yes" are probably my least favourite songs on the album, yet they are still better than like 97% of my record collection

r1o natsume, Friday, 17 August 2007 16:25 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Wednesday, 22 August 2007 23:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Thursday, 23 August 2007 23:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I forgot to vote!

Tim F, Friday, 24 August 2007 03:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink

WELL JEEZ

Ned Raggett, Friday, 24 August 2007 04:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

haha. so sad. i didn't vote, either. and really, i absolutely love the music these people make. all of it. i just couldn't really see any point in choosing a favorite here, though. the whole damn thing is pretty great.

andi, Friday, 24 August 2007 05:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink

3 of us voted?!...well, fuck me running!...how is it that this fine LP could be so washed away by the sands of time?

henry s, Friday, 24 August 2007 12:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

haha i also totally forgot to vote. shame.

r1o natsume, Friday, 24 August 2007 13:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i would've definitely gone for "relentless" in the end. at risk of sounding incredibly corny, this record is totally balearic right? slow house beats, shimmering vini reilly guitar, hushed vocals, i suppose the lyrics don't really fit with balearica but. maybe it's balearic if the cafe del mar was in antartica

r1o natsume, Friday, 24 August 2007 13:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Was this one of the three LPs that launched Guernica or was it the 2nd wave? This, Spoonfed Hybrid and That Dog all within a week or two of each other in late '93 - I bought the lot on vinyl at (the late, lamented) Rham Records in Wallasey before leaving home for the last time to start my new job. I had to tape them on the Crown music-centre the night I packed as I didn't have a record player in my new flat until the following summer...

I think Koogy went to the label launch - he got me a free CD promo which is probably worth...oh, a fiver? on eBay now...

Julian Tardo of Insides was running his own studio in Brighton until quite recently, I think - friends of mine have recorded with him. One late, lamented friend in particular...

Michael Jones, Friday, 24 August 2007 13:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

was there ever a second Guernica wave?...I thought that the three you mention (plus the Unrest record) were the only ones on that (great, lost) imprint...

I've said it before and I'll say it again...'Euphoria' needs to be remastered...

henry s, Friday, 24 August 2007 13:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Bettie Serveert's Palomine was part of the first wave (GU003). Guernica also reissued the Underground Lovers' Leaves Me Blind and ended on the high-note of Insides' Clear Skin mini-LP.

Mr. Hal Jam, Friday, 24 August 2007 14:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I got that Underground Lovers' rerelease completely out of nowhere at UCI's newspaper back in 1992 or 1993 or whenever it was. Very glad for that still.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 24 August 2007 14:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

forgot about Underground Lovers...

wasn't Clear Skin a 4AD release?

henry s, Friday, 24 August 2007 14:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

TU7 cat no. = "Temporary" Guernica release. the last, to date.

Mr. Hal Jam, Friday, 24 August 2007 15:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

guess LMB wasn't a re-release. first issue was in the UK, on Guernica. released in Australia on Polydor later that year ('94). i must have been thinking about the US version of Dream it Down, which IIRC swapped out four new tracks for LMB tracks.

Mr. Hal Jam, Friday, 24 August 2007 15:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I managed to finally hear this record. I remember when it came out because I had a friend who was really into 4AD and basically bought everything they released during this period, but he never managed to acquire this one. A lot of stuff on the label at the time managed to sound gothy even when it wasn't trying to (cf., the first couple of HNIA records).

It's a good record and the production on it sounds exactly like an AR Kane record. I especially like how they recorded the drum machines and the sampled loop of wobbly cymbals on the final track is esp. nice. My only complaint is that the vocals do kind of get in the way a little bit. I prefer them on the tracks where they are more buried in the mix even though the bjork-ish phrasing is a little irritating also. I think I will mostly get beyond these criticisms on a few repeat listenings though. This one is a grower, as they say.

Guernica put out a special edition of Unrest's Imperial FFRR in the UK and Europe if I recall.

Bill in Chicago, Friday, 24 August 2007 16:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Ah, now I remember - the first Guernica wave was late '92 - Unrest (who subsequently released stuff on 4AD proper), Underground Lovers, Bettie Serveert (two of those were reissues or licensing things from other labels - maybe all of 'em); then Spoonfed/Insides/That Dog in '93, then the Insides one-off in mid-'94. I bought 'em on vinyl because you got a free 7" with the LPs (obv "Clear Skin" was CD only).

Michael Jones, Friday, 24 August 2007 16:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

This record is excruciatingly beautiful. Like huddling under heavy blankets, sweating, turned on, listening to someone tell you their darkest thoughts. It makes me sad that so few answered this poll or responded to this thread, but it makes sense. It's just such a private record, almost embarassingly so, and in fact I just realized I don't think I've ever shared my love of this record with anyone else. Even listening to it makes me feel almost uncomfortably vulnerable. I love it.

Clarke, Monday, 11 August 2008 01:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

Clarke B?

Ned Raggett, Monday, 11 August 2008 01:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

It's me! Hey Ned... "Long time" would be an understatement.

Clarke, Monday, 11 August 2008 01:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yes indeed, you drunken sommelier. :-D How's that all going?

Ned Raggett, Monday, 11 August 2008 01:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

Well, I'm still up in Brooklyn, working for the French portfolio of a small-ish wine importer, and really enjoying my work. For a while I was so immersed in wine, and trying to catch myself up in terms of knowledge and experience, that I feel like my other interests dropped off a bit... But I suppose balance beckons to be restored, and so I find myself on my couch on a humid Sunday night, reading ILM and thinking about this beautiful, beautiful album. :-)

Clarke, Monday, 11 August 2008 02:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

And a fine choice of album indeed. I haven't listened to it in a bit and will do so now.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 11 August 2008 02:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

What did you think, Ned? ("Darling Effect" would have to be my favorite.)

Clarke, Thursday, 14 August 2008 20:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Distractions" sounds like "Love To Stay" by Altered Images

Nubly, Tuesday, 26 August 2008 14:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Digging around I found the few non-album songs by Earwig, Insides' immediate predecessor, that I didn't have on their own one album, Under My Skin I Am Laughing. (Most of the B-sides/singles got collected on a compilation, Past, but I've still never been able to find a copy of that.) Mixed batch but I like them, you can hear them being a louder 'rock' band as such early on.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 7 December 2009 01:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

I had a copy of Past, the only copy I've ever seen, and I accidentally sold it back to Amoeba last year in a box along with a ton of other things. I went back to find it later that week and it was nowhere to be found. That said, despite the scarcity of it, I didn't find it that great; Under my Skin was much much better.

akm, Monday, 7 December 2009 05:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

Agreed, the singles are more woodshedding than anything else. But you can hear them start to settle on a sound as they go.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 7 December 2009 05:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

looking at this:

http://eil.com/Shop/ExtSearch.asp?DiscArtist=Earwig

all three of those ep covers look very familiar but i could've sworn i was missing one. or maybe i'm missing a 4th ep. ah, yes, the Every Day Shines 12".

there was also an insides promo 12" with clear skin remixes on it that i found cheap in notting hill but my copy of which i think jumps. (Eyesore DB says GUP4)

as mike said i went to the label launch (Borderline (Break For The Border?), London, same place i saw UVS and that first B&S gig) where insides played two sets, the first of which became Clear Skin. mesmerising to the point where you had to remember to breathe. years later i heard steve reich and the spell was somewhat broken but hey...

koogs, Monday, 7 December 2009 11:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

there was also an insides promo 12" with clear skin remixes on it

! Now that I'd love to hear.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 7 December 2009 16:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

Actually somehow I had missed that the original release of Euphoria had a separate 7" single as well.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 7 December 2009 16:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

> Now that I'd love to hear.

if only someone had, say, posted it on an mp3 blog (and on my birthday too)

http://theblackenedair.blogspot.com/2009/10/insides-clear-skin-promo.html

koogs, Monday, 7 December 2009 20:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

Astounding.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 7 December 2009 20:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

And thanks!

Ned Raggett, Monday, 7 December 2009 20:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

Wow thanks Koogs!

I still have never heard the Earwig album or Clear Skin itself, appallingly.

Tim F, Monday, 7 December 2009 22:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

Good lord, man.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 7 December 2009 22:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

Ha I know - it actually feels vaguely shameful considering how important Euphoria has been to me for so long.

Tim F, Monday, 7 December 2009 22:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

Me on Under My Skin from ten years back:

http://freakytrigger.co.uk/old-ft/essays/1999/02/earwig/

Ned Raggett, Monday, 7 December 2009 22:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

Ned I've been imagining the record ever since I read your review ten years ago! That was the first I'd heard of it - I think i actually picked up Euphoria that year due to all the cross-references with Disco Inferno, Bark Psychosis etc.

Tim F, Monday, 7 December 2009 22:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

cross-references on a.m.a. I mean.

Tim F, Monday, 7 December 2009 22:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

I've have trouble getting into Euphoria, but Clear Skin is all time.

Frederik B, Saturday, 26 April 2014 15:27 (four years ago) Permalink

The problem for "Clear Skin" is that "Music for 18 Musicians" exists. I do think its on a par with Glen Velez et al's Musica Esporadica in the Reich-alike sweepstakes.

Congratulations! And my condolences. (Sanpaku), Sunday, 27 April 2014 00:24 (four years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

Have now heard the Earwig album as well. Damn, these guys were seriously talented. Would like to hear their reunion album at some point but feel I'll be disappointed comparing it to these three brilliant albums.

Kitchen Person, Monday, 26 May 2014 02:17 (four years ago) Permalink

The problem for "Clear Skin" is that "Music for 18 Musicians" exists. I do think its on a par with Glen Velez et al's Musica Esporadica in the Reich-alike sweepstakes.

― Congratulations! And my condolences. (Sanpaku)

I know what you mean, there are similarities but I enjoyed it all the same.

Kitchen Person, Monday, 26 May 2014 02:18 (four years ago) Permalink

Got Insides - Euphoria a few months ago, I think one of the last two tracks might be my favourite.

If I have any complaint, I think it has too many Cocteau/Guthrie-isms; but loads of great dreampop bands do too, especially when you seek out bands that are similar (but hopefully not too similar to just be poor man's Cocteau Twins).

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 27 May 2014 14:53 (four years ago) Permalink

Insides fans should check out Braids, especially last year's Flourish // Perish. A very similar vibe.

panic disorder pixie (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 27 May 2014 15:02 (four years ago) Permalink

"Skykicking" for sure.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 5 June 2014 21:43 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Seriously though, what an album

boxedjoy, Monday, 21 July 2014 19:23 (four years ago) Permalink

Have you listened to their second album? It's instrumental but equally beautiful in a very different way. The album they put out under the name Earwig is also really fantastic.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 22 July 2014 00:39 (four years ago) Permalink

This is such an accomplishment that I would be scared of how a follow-up would only disappoint, but I will investigate.

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 22 July 2014 10:24 (four years ago) Permalink

not sure if you've read the whole thread but this bears repeating anyway: everything(?) earwig did is available on bandcamp as a free download.

http://earwiguk.bandcamp.com/

koogs, Tuesday, 22 July 2014 10:51 (four years ago) Permalink

I didn't realise it was free! How exciting.

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 22 July 2014 21:05 (four years ago) Permalink

Wow, that Earwig record is wonderful!

Branwell with an N, Tuesday, 22 July 2014 21:59 (four years ago) Permalink

I find the Earwig album interesting (as well as excellent) - some of it sounds rudimentary compared to Insides while other parts sound even further out? There are bits I could imagine being on a Not Not Fun record today.

Tim F, Tuesday, 22 July 2014 22:44 (four years ago) Permalink

I rather dug Earwig at the time. Saw them a few times at places like the Camden Falcon but beyond the EPs and shows knew little about their background before reading Neil Kulkarni's excellent piece. Great that they're still being talked about. Was also at the Brixton show mentioned in the interview; it was a Club Quirky night at the Vox and they played the whole of Clear Skin behind a mesh cube or something.

Noel Emits, Wednesday, 23 July 2014 08:59 (four years ago) Permalink

found a copy of earwig's might ep in a charity shop today. hadn't travelled very far in the last twenty years either - the label's address is only about half a mile from the shop where i found it. great stuff though, sounds like earwig are to insides what late period wolfhounds are to moonshake.

john wahey (NickB), Saturday, 2 August 2014 16:05 (four years ago) Permalink

Those 3 EPs are all on Past at the link above

koogs, Saturday, 2 August 2014 16:49 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah, i will be checking that for sure (thanks koogs!)

john wahey (NickB), Saturday, 2 August 2014 17:08 (four years ago) Permalink

i just found this CD for a dollar in the discount bin, it's pretty great

LIKE If you are against racism (omar little), Saturday, 2 August 2014 17:28 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

love it, had no idea they were making a new record

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Friday, 1 July 2016 12:19 (two years ago) Permalink

It was a cool moment seeing on the back of a Slum of Legs record that they'd recorded it at Insides studio

coygbiv (NickB), Friday, 1 July 2016 12:39 (two years ago) Permalink

Not that they sound anything like them of course

coygbiv (NickB), Friday, 1 July 2016 12:41 (two years ago) Permalink

Ah, good. I thought Sweet Trip was a misstep, and this more a progression from Euphoria.

Abandon hype all ye who enter here (Sanpaku), Friday, 1 July 2016 18:13 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

There are so many gems on this album, I can't even choose one. I used to think Skykicking was my favorite until Carly Simon kept sneaking into my dreams. It has many interesting changes, but it's mostly the beginning of the outro in the middle of the song (01:52), with those two fading notes that make it lovely. It reminds me a little of St. Etienne. What a record.

chinchilla, Monday, 6 November 2017 20:41 (one year ago) Permalink

big love for relentless!

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 6 November 2017 20:43 (one year ago) Permalink

I recently sprung for the 12" for Clear Skin. It's one of my favorite Steve Reich rip-offs. Absolutely incredible.

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 6 November 2017 20:47 (one year ago) Permalink

I like the 12, but the CD is better.

https://youtu.be/x4H7FtKsPzw?t=0s

Chewshabadoo, Monday, 6 November 2017 23:02 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, I agree with you there. I've had the CD for a while, but there are different tracks on the 12", so I needed that too.

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 00:50 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

being issued for RSD 2019 with liner notes from Simon Reynolds!

boxedjoy, Sunday, 3 March 2019 11:38 (one month ago) Permalink

ziggy from stroom played skykicking on NTS a couple of weeks ago, sounded glorious tbh

kolarov spring (NickB), Sunday, 3 March 2019 11:47 (one month ago) Permalink

amazing record

PaulDananVEVO (||||||||), Sunday, 3 March 2019 12:07 (one month ago) Permalink

Earwig's complete(?) discography is now on bandcamp btw

Jeff W, Sunday, 3 March 2019 12:48 (one month ago) Permalink

still see Kirsty and Julian at gigs in Brighton but 2shy 2say hi

kolarov spring (NickB), Sunday, 3 March 2019 13:44 (one month ago) Permalink

You should! They're lovely. I've done some photo sessions with them over the last few years - not sure if it'll ever be used but it was fun anyway. There has been new music in the works for a while.

Michael Jones, Monday, 4 March 2019 23:34 (one month ago) Permalink

"Newly remastered and recut from the original tapes, Euphoria will be available to buy on #RSD19 in the US"

Only in the US? (glum emoji)

Daniel Giraffe, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 13:04 (one month ago) Permalink

xp they played a one-off gig recently too - in paris supporting seefeel iirc

kolarov spring (NickB), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 13:14 (one month ago) Permalink

Used to love seeing Earwig live. Then saw them do the whole of Clear Skin at The Vox in Brixton which I thought was excellent although not such a great experience for them apparently, as documented in the big Quietus piece probably linked above.

Julian Tardo mastered the recent Sonny Sharrock 'Ask The Ages' reissue for vinyl which by all acounts sounds ace, to make a thread connection. (I know the label guy is also Brighton based as a mutual friend introduced us briefly last year.)

*there's (Noel Emits), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 14:12 (one month ago) Permalink

still see Kirsty and Julian at gigs in Brighton but 2shy 2say hi

― kolarov spring (NickB)

You should! They're lovely.

― Michael Jones

Yeah, I'm sure they wouldn't mind! Julian recorded our album and recorded and mixed the singles, he's really really nice.

emil.y, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 16:38 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah i did spot his name on the back of your records :)

kolarov spring (NickB), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 16:41 (one month ago) Permalink

he did the Fear Of Men stuff yesteryear that I really loved

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 22:28 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Did anyone get the remaster yet?

For anybody in the UK, rest of Europe or anywhere else, we’ll have a bunch to sell via bandcamp when RSD has been put to bed x https://t.co/4p7cGBTvM7

— Insides (@Insides__) April 13, 2019

Chewshabadoo, Monday, 15 April 2019 05:23 (one week ago) Permalink

i did ask about that in resident yesterday and got totally blank-faced

Br. Des Shadows (NickB), Monday, 15 April 2019 06:14 (one week ago) Permalink

No Insider knowledge in that place.

Chewshabadoo, Monday, 15 April 2019 06:34 (one week ago) Permalink

omg this has gotta be the first rsd thing i've cared about

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 15 April 2019 12:28 (one week ago) Permalink

We got a bunch of those in where I work and we didn't sell a single one on the day. It was hard to watch.

kitchen person, Monday, 15 April 2019 13:47 (one week ago) Permalink

oooh, I bet I can still head over to one of our local record shops this week and snag one of those

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 15 April 2019 13:55 (one week ago) Permalink

None of my local record stores (and there's a bunch here) stocked it. And to think I actually showed up early to make sure I snagged a copy of this hot product.

henry s, Monday, 15 April 2019 14:25 (one week ago) Permalink

Up for sale at Norman Records now.

https://www.normanrecords.com/records/175938-insides-euphoria

Internet Alan, Monday, 15 April 2019 17:30 (one week ago) Permalink

this record is perfect and i hate to have to choose but it has to be "skin divers".

6 Skin Divers (3:30) 0

lol

... and the crowd said DESELECT THEM (||||||||), Tuesday, 16 April 2019 20:30 (six days ago) Permalink


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