Isan- Damil 85

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I just bought Isan's Clockwork Menagerie, having never heard any of their music. Or so I thought- When track 6- Damil 85- came on, I immediately recognized the vocal sample of a child saying something about a doctor and "Is that really necessary?" Clockwork Menagerie is a compilation of songs from Isan singles and from various compilations, but I can't figure out where I've heard this song. Can't find it on AMG either. Anyone have any idea where I might have heard this song before?

lou, Saturday, 27 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

it may be the sample that you makes it seem recognisable (i think its from the tv prog Babylon 5). i'm going to play the 7" in a minute, make sure i'm thinking of the right one...

gareth, Saturday, 27 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

what an amazing alb BTW. i can't remember the last time i was so impressed with a b-sides/rarities jobbie

Mark, Saturday, 27 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

It may just be the sample I recognize, but it seemed like I had heard the song itself somewhere. I wonder if this song is on any compilations.
I've only listened to the album once, but I was definitely unimpressed and actually pretty bored by it. This is the first Isan release I've heard though and I'm sure it's not the best place to start so I won't give up on them.

lou, Sunday, 28 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I actually prefer the ISAN singles to their full lengthers, especially "Titled not tithed" and "Betty's Lament". Damil 85 was their debut single, I gather it got a fair bit of airplay at the time..

electric sound of jim, Sunday, 28 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

funny this should come up today as i just spent the whole weekend mp3ing all the isan i have for an uber compilation and i'm listening to the first draft of it as i type (276 minutes and 29 seconds of it with more to add).

according to discography damil 85 was on the 'casablanca' compilation on elefant records, maybe you heard it there.

i heard it on peel a couple of times when it was released and went into rough trade to buy a copy having forgotten the piece of paper i wrote the details down on but the bloke serving recognised it from the sample. which as nice. have bought everything of theirs i've seen since.

(if anyone has the two tracks that were available on their website then, well, i'd like the one that isn't 'disruptive elephant')

cheers andy

koogydelbbog, Monday, 29 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I was very tempted to get this LP at the weekend. Like lou, it would be on spec purchase tho', so any other views on Isan generally - or even a "Search and Destroy" - would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Jeff W, Monday, 29 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

def search beautronics

it is their best

Mark, Monday, 29 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

"Salamander" has some excellent tracks on it, and I will agree that "Beautronics" is ace. Any of their first half-dozen singles I rate highly as well.

electric sound of jim, Monday, 29 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

i'm not so keen on beautronics, much more into the singles, so the menagerie is a good buy, fo sho. lucky cat shows the guys going in a nicely deep direction, but my favourite is digitalis - 7 track mini- album on liquefaction empire, re-issued on cd by darla records. check out www, for more info.

dbini, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

maybe you heard the song on a compilation called casablanca, released on spanish label elefant records a few years ago. then again, i don't know if you're into non-anglosaxon labels (well you're into morr music...).

joan vich, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Mmmm... Morr music... those recent 7" by B Fleischmann and Other People's Children totally float my boat.

electric sound of jim, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

three years pass...
i guess this is old album, but clockwork menagerie is sooo pretty. been listening to it all weekend.

Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Monday, 3 October 2005 16:31 (fourteen years ago) link

it's good. salamander is good also.

kyle (akmonday), Monday, 3 October 2005 16:36 (fourteen years ago) link

"doctor ivanovich.."

jimmy glass (electricsound), Monday, 3 October 2005 22:31 (fourteen years ago) link

they were deeply inspired

Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Monday, 3 October 2005 23:03 (fourteen years ago) link

four years pass...

Loving "glow in the dark safari set".

djh, Monday, 31 May 2010 21:12 (ten years ago) link

i have it ordered.

in the meantime:

Kings Place, London. 25 February 2010

(first and last tracks are from new lp)

koogs, Tuesday, 1 June 2010 15:25 (ten years ago) link

(also i know the answer to the original question. they sample the same thing on Betty's Lament...)

koogs, Tuesday, 1 June 2010 15:33 (ten years ago) link

didn't think the new lp was out until 7th, but mine turned up this morning from boomkat.

koogs, Thursday, 3 June 2010 11:52 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

It feels like it is "glow in the dark safari set" season.

djh, Saturday, 31 March 2012 17:04 (eight years ago) link

eleven months pass...

meet next life is v v pretty

ๅ›ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ (clouds), Sunday, 24 March 2013 03:37 (seven years ago) link

three years pass...

djh, Saturday, 15 October 2016 20:32 (three years ago) link

Felt strangely ambivalent about new ISAN music but have been seduced by it, particularly "Risefallsleep".

djh, Saturday, 15 October 2016 22:02 (three years ago) link

My copy is in the post.

There's a talk through on a German website where they talk about each of the tracks. Am waiting to hear the CD first though.

koogs, Sunday, 16 October 2016 03:36 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

Enjoying this a lot ... I was listening to it while writing Xmas cards/letters to friends earlier ... It's lovely and *sounds like ISAN* and I was pondering if I was finding some re-assurance in that.

djh, Sunday, 18 December 2016 16:11 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

Aargh. I appear to have missed a tour CD!

djh, Thursday, 10 October 2019 19:34 (nine months ago) link

like what?

new lp out next week (ish). playing union chapel (albeit covers) on the 26th.

koogs, Thursday, 10 October 2019 19:37 (nine months ago) link

oh, nine simple works? i guess that's for these current few dates (robin keeps posting pictures of railway stations on facebook - paris, dijon, limoges) but i don't think it's that extensive a tour, only 2 french dates and the daylight music thing.

koogs, Thursday, 10 October 2019 19:57 (nine months ago) link

Yeah, that.

By coincidence made a compilation that included ISAN, Plone, Komputer, early Piano Magic this week ... and I ended up at ISAN's discogs page.

djh, Thursday, 10 October 2019 19:59 (nine months ago) link

Where can I hear that comp?

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 10 October 2019 20:09 (nine months ago) link

Message me with your address and I'll burn a CD.

It didn't end up particularly coherent. Bits of it are "Me, at 29".

djh, Thursday, 10 October 2019 20:23 (nine months ago) link

Curiously excited about the new album - they're the sort of band its easy to take for granted. Been playing old ISAN. They are gorgeous.

djh, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 20:15 (nine months ago) link

they've ditched the laptops for other hardware so it might have a different sound. the two 'singles' have sounded ok (i've only listened to snatches, don't want lp spoilers).

they've been posting little things on their youtube channel:

seems to be mostly microfreak and 0-coast based.

koogs, Thursday, 24 October 2019 09:13 (nine months ago) link

union chapel gig was short and not the usual fare but very good. some photos here (Daylight Music facebook photos):

(photos by mike who posts here sometimes, mostly during wimbledon 8) )

nine simple works is lovely, think i prefer it to the real lp (based on one listen of each).

koogs, Thursday, 31 October 2019 11:41 (nine months ago) link

robin using microfreak there, anthony seems to be mostly using some tablet - the gig was a game of two halves really, no time to practice together so they each did 10-15 minutes with a brief transition in the middle.

koogs, Thursday, 31 October 2019 11:43 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

Wasn't the gig a concept one? Playing Susumu Yokota covers? Possible I have dreamt this idea.

Anyway, I need to find a way of getting hold of Nine Simple Works, ideally by buying a copy off the band but am open to other ideas ...

Really enjoying Lamenting Machine tonight.

djh, Monday, 2 December 2019 19:35 (eight months ago) link

Yes, it was a gig, with 3 acts, all doing yokota-inspired pieces.

koogs, Monday, 2 December 2019 19:39 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Synthspotting article on facebook:

koogs, Wednesday, 18 December 2019 20:23 (seven months ago) link

never noticed the RS-09 in their earlier recordings, for some reason I thought they were mostly softsynths

their studio is really cute! also why hasn't Korg put out an MS-10 mini? they could even do a desktop version and it would sell like hotcakes

clouds, Saturday, 21 December 2019 15:22 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

Robin has a new solo lp out (21st feb)

and they've also just released this, a sample pack.

koogs, Friday, 7 February 2020 13:03 (six months ago) link

Thanks for the heads up!

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 7 February 2020 13:05 (six months ago) link

two months pass...

new compilation of music from the recent youtube videos made available for fee-free bandcamp day

(also remembered to pick up the a couple of other things i slept on at the time (2x solo tracks))

koogs, Friday, 1 May 2020 08:07 (three months ago) link

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