Advance (album)

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Studio album by LFO
Released 29 January 1996
Genre Electronic music
Length 57:42
Label Warp
Producer Mark Bell
LFO chronology

Advance is the second studio album by British electronic music duo LFO, released 29 January 1996 by Warp Records. The album peaked at number 44 on the UK Albums charts and was the final album to feature Gez Varley before he left the group shortly after its release. Advance was followed up with Sheath in 2003 with only contributions from Bell.


After the release of their album Frequencies (1991), rumors of LFO's follow-up was discussed from time to time without any new material being released.[1] AllMusic described the album as "Nearly legendary as the album-that-almost-never-happened, Advance was a full five years in the making, with hardly a peep of new material in between."[2] The album was produced by Mark Bell.[3] When asked about the gap between the release dates between Advance and Sheath, he responded that "It's easy doing your first album as you have all the first part of your life to express. The second one is harder unless you’re going to repeat yourself... and repetition bores me a bit, it's a complete wasted opportunity to be creative."[4] Tracks 1, 4, 7, 10 and 11 were recorded at LFO Studios while the other tracks were recorded at FON Studios.[5]

Before the release of Björk's album Post (1995), Mark Bell gave her a cassette of LFO demo material allowing her to use what she wanted for a future release.[6] Björk chose a track that would later become her song "I Go Humble".[6] The song would show up again in instrumental form on Advance as "Shove Piggy Shove".[6]


Advance was released on 29 January 1996.[7] The album was released on vinyl, cassette, compact disc and as an internet download by Warp Records.[7] Advanced charted for one week in the United Kingdom, peaking at 44.[8]

Mark Bell and Gez Varley separated as a group shortly after the release of Advance.[1] Varley focused on a solo career, while Bell focused on production with musicians Björk and Depeche Mode.[1] A third LFO album was released in 2003 that was without any contributations from Varley.[1]


AllMusic gave the album a favorable review of four and a half stars out of five, stating that the "result isn't as essential as their debut, but growth and maturity are evident, particularly in the focus and depth of composition."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Mark Bell except where noted[5].

No. Title Music Length
1. "Advance"   5:30
2. "Shut Down" Mark Bell, Gez Varley 4:51
3. "Loch Ness"   4:48
4. "Goodnight Vienna"   3:51
5. "Tied Up"   5:22
6. "Them"   4:10
7. "Ultra Schall"   4:15
8. "Shove Piggy Shove"   4:20
9. "Psychodelik"   5:21
10. "Jason Voorhees"   4:34
11. "Forever"   5:29
12. "Kombat Drinking" Bell, Varley 5:11


Credits adapted from Advance liner notes.[5]

  • Mark Bell – producer, engineer
  • Fisch – engineer (tracks 2, 3, 8, 9 and 12)
  • Gamble — engineer (tracks 5 and 6)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Cooper, Sean. "LFO Biography". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Cooper, Sean. "Advance — LFO". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Advance — LFO". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ Brewster, Bill (1 October 2003). "LFO:2003 Biography". Warp Records. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Advance (Liner notes). LFO. Warp Records. 1996. 
  6. ^ a b c Pytlik, 2003. p.181
  7. ^ a b "LFO:Advance". Warp Records. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ "LFO". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 August 2014.