Disappear Here (Hybrid album)

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Disappear Here
Studio album by Hybrid
Released 29 March 2010
Genre Breakbeat, trip hop, electronic
Length 1:10:10
1:55:40 (Widescreen Edition)
Label Distinct'ive Breaks
Producer Hybrid
Hybrid chronology
I Choose Noise
(2006)
Disappear Here
(2010)
Classics
(2012)
Singles from Disappear Here
  1. "The Formula of Fear"
    Released: 22 September 2008
  2. "Break My Soul"
    Released: 8 March 2010
  3. "Can You Hear Me"
    Released: 24 May 2010
  4. "Disappear Here"
    Released: 1 November 2010
  5. "Original Sin"
    Released: 28 March 2011
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
BBC (positive)[1]
Maxumi Magazine 4/5 stars[2]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[3]

Disappear Here is Hybrid's fourth studio album, and is the first album since Wide Angle to include a third member, Charlotte James. It was released on 28 March 2010, with a "Widescreen Edition" released on 22 November, which included alternative and exclusive tracks. It was nominated for "best album" at the Breakspoll 2011 awards.[4] The title of the album is a reference to Bret Easton Ellis's first novel, Less Than Zero.

Track list[edit]

  1. "Empire" - 6:00
  2. "Can You Hear Me (feat. Tim Hutton)" - 6:26
  3. "Green Shell Suit" - 5:18
  4. "Disappear Here" - 5:56
  5. "Every Word" - 4:54
  6. "Formula of Fear" - 7:31
  7. "City Siren – Reprise" - 1:11
  8. "Salt" - 6:22
  9. "Original Sin" - 6:58
  10. "Take a Fall (feat. Tim Hutton)" - 5:18
  11. "Break My Soul" - 7:48
  12. "Numb" - 6:37
  13. "Break My Soul" (Hybrid's Kill City Sounds Mix 01) - 8:30 (available on certain Asian editions)

Widescreen Edition[edit]

  1. "Transmigration I" - 1:30
  2. "Empire (Orchestral Version)" - 4:20
  3. "Transmigration II" - 2:01
  4. "Salt (Acoustic Edit)" - 3:51
  5. "Break My Soul (Transmigration Orchestral Mix)" - 8:19
  6. "Transmigration III" - 1:35
  7. "Every Word (Beatless Mix)" - 4:00
  8. "Can You Hear Me (Widescreen Eclectro Mix)" - 6:42
  9. "Numb (Hybrid Kill City Sounds Mix 03)" - 7:45
  10. "Disappear Here (Hybrid E-Rock Remix)" - 5:37

History[edit]

In 2008, the first mention was made of Hybrid's then forthcoming 4th album, and was described as being recorded as a band, then electronically "destroyed". That same year, Hybrid released a compilation Soundsystem 01, which featured remixes of "The Formula of Fear" and "$50 Pistol". After the release of "The Formula of Fear", Charlotte James became a permanent member.

The album was technically finished in 2008, which consisted of 10 tracks, but they weren't satisfied with them, and didn't think it'd fit with them, describing the tracks as Indie Rock. The best elements of the tracks were picked, and production restarted. However the problems continued, as they were having issues finding a direction. It wasn't until the title track "Disappear Here" was finished, that they finally knew what they were going to do.[5] One of the scrapped tracks is believed to be "$50 Pistol" which appeared on the Soundsystem compilation. The track started as a remix of "Humvee Chase", composed by Harry Gregson-Williams for the movie Déjà Vu. Because of licensing issues, the track was reworked into $50 Pistol, and then finally revamped again, to "Empire." Several tracks were also made with John Graham, who sang on their 3rd album I Choose Noise, didn't make the cut, though some of them are said to be featured on John Graham's forthcoming second solo album.[6]

In 2009 the same year, the album was finally revealed, entitled "Disappear Here" [7] The revelation debuted with a video recording of the string arrangements for "Break My Soul".[8]

Guitarist Tim Hutton (who previously worked with Ian Brown and The Prodigy, and played instruments on Morning Sci-Fi & I Choose Noise) was brought in, although his inclusion came late. He is said to have more input on the next album. The string arrangements were made by Andrew Skeet,[9] who also provided strings for the 2nd album Morning Sci-Fi, though Harry Gregson-Williams did write a few string arrangements for the album.[10] The arrangements themselves were composed by Charlotte James & Mike Truman.[11]

The first single "Break My Soul", was released on 8 March 2010, though the track was given away at the album's mini site. The same month, the 29th, the album itself was released and was met with favorable reviews. The second single "Can You Hear Me Now" was released on 24 May, with the third single "Disappear Here" on November 1, and the last single "Original Sin" expected to be released on 28 March. All singles were accompanied by music videos, directed and edited by Mike Truman, and were made available on their website.[12] "Numb" was supposed to be the 4th single, released during summer 2010, but it never saw the light of day. Instead, the title track "Disappear Here" became a single; released during November 2010. "Original Sin" was the album's final single, which was released on 28 March 2011, a year after the original release of the album.

A special "Widescreen Edition" was released on 22 November, which contains alternative versions of some tracks from the album, as well as some new remixes by Hybrid themselves. The album was re-released yet again on 24 October 2011, as an instrumental only version.[13] Mike mentioned in an interview with Breakbeat Police, that they're already thinking about their next album, and that there won't be another 4-year gap, as with "Disappear Here".[14]

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Reappear Here[edit]

Reappear Here is a very limited vinyl, containing five tracks (four of them so far exclusive to this release), including a new track called "All I See". It was given out as part of a contest to promote the official Disappear Here website and to thank those that were involved in the creation of Disappear Here. This was a 100-copy batch, although as with most pressings some extra copies were made. Currently there are 109 copies known in existence (108 autographed and numbered, and one unnumbered unsigned copy). 78 copies were given out at the discretion of Hybrid and Distinct'ive Records, and the remaining 30 were prizes as part of a Disappear Here promotion contest that ended on 31 April,[clarification needed] 2010.[16] The winners were notified via email on 5 August 2010.

Track list[edit]

  1. "Empire (Soundtrack Edit)" - 4:22
  2. "Disappear Here (Armchair Mix)" - 5:45
  3. "All I See (Original Mix)" - 5:06
  4. "Can You Hear Me (Widescreen Eclectro Mix)" - 6:42
  5. "The Formula of Fear (Armchair Mix)" - 7:33

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