Big Calm

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Big Calm
Studio album by Morcheeba
Released March 16, 1998
Genre Trip hop, electronica, downtempo, alternative rock
Length 50:23
Label Indochina United Kingdom
Sire/WEA Records United States
Producer Morcheeba
Morcheeba chronology
Who Can You Trust?
Big Calm
Fragments of Freedom
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media (6.7/10) link at the Wayback Machine (archived July 31, 2003)

Big Calm (released in 1998) is the second album by Morcheeba. "The Music That We Hear", included on special-edition versions of the album, is a reworking of "Moog Island" from Morcheeba's first album, Who Can You Trust?.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Sea" – 5:47
  2. "Shoulder Holster" – 4:04
  3. "Part of the Process" – 4:24
  4. "Blindfold" – 4:37
  5. "Let Me See" – 4:20
  6. "Bullet Proof" – 4:11
  7. "Over and Over" – 2:20
  8. "Friction" – 4:13
  9. "Diggin' a Watery Grave" – 1:34
  10. "Fear and Love" – 5:04
  11. "Big Calm" – 6:00
  12. "The Music That We Hear" – 3:49 (bonus track)
  • Japanese bonus tracks
  1. "Shoulder Holster" (Radio Mix) – 4:14
  2. "Shoulder Holster" (Diabolical Brothers Mix) – 5:56

The album was also issued as a special edition in the UK including a bonus CD-ROM (Indochina ZEN017CDX).


  • Skye Edwards – vocals and reproduction
  • Paul Godfrey – navigation, programming, scratching, live drums and lyrics
  • Ross Godfrey – all guitars, sitar, pedal steel, lap steel, clavinet, Hammond, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer piano, drums, EMS synthesizer, MKS 80, and no factory presets
  • Pete Norris – sound surgery, synthesizer programming and dropping science
  • Thomas Porter – number one album habitué
  • Jessica Kennedy – number two album habitué


The album cover was inspired by that of the 1966 Ray Conniff compilation Hi Fi Companion. (*View image)

The song "The Sea" was used as the theme tune for the UK reality TV show Shipwrecked, in a set of advertisements for TDT TV, and in the Thomas Cook advertisements starring Jamie and Louise Redknapp. It was also used in a 1998 episode of the original Top Gear when James May was reviewing the Rover 75.

The song "Part of the Process" was used in the fourth season Daria episode "Fire!" as Daria looks over her shoulder at Jane and Tom leaving Jane's house.