ESCM (album)

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ESCM
Bt-escm.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 22, 1997
StudioBlue House on a Hill Studios (Maryland)
Omega Studios (Rockville, Maryland)
Abbey Road Studios (London, United Kingdom)
GenreElectronica, trance, progressive trance, drum and bass, breakbeat
Length76:04 (UK CD)
71:23 (US CD)
83:40 (LP)
LabelPerfecto/Kinetic/Reprise/Warner Bros. Records
46799
ProducerBT
BT chronology
Ima
(1995)
ESCM
(1997)
Turn Me On
(1999)
Singles from ESCM
  1. "Flaming June"
    Released: June 30, 1997
  2. "Remember"
    Released: September 1, 1997
  3. "Love, Peace and Grease"
    Released: October 17, 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Spin7/10[2]
TranceCritic.com4/5 stars[3]

ESCM (initialism for Electric Sky Church Music)[4] is the second studio album by American musician BT, released on September 22, 1997. Following Ima, Transeau branched out to create club anthems such as "Flaming June", while also drawing inspiration from drum and bass as well as hip hop. ESCM also features Transeau adding live guitar, bass and drums to songs, as well as the use of a strings ensemble.

Background and recording[edit]

The majority of the album was produced and mixed by Transeau at Blue House on a Hill Studios, with the exception of string recordings that were done at Abbey Road Studios in London. "Solar Plexus" was recorded partially at Omega Studios in Rockville, Maryland.

Amongst the tracks recorded during the sessions but left unreleased were the track "Lemon Balm and Chamomile", written with Che Malcolm, and "Flesh", written with Jan Johnston. The latter track would later be remixed for a single release by Johnston in 2001.

Release[edit]

The album was released on 22 September 1997 and supported by three singles; "Flaming June", "Remember", and "Love, Peace and Grease", all of which charted in the UK.

Like Ima, ESCM was also mixed to sound like one continuous mix. For US pressings, the loungy drum and bass track "The Road to Lostwithiel" was replaced with the more straightforward "Lullaby for Gaia". Both songs were later made available, in unmixed form, on the retrospect album, 10 Years in the Life. The US pressing also features an edited version of "Love, Peace, and Grease".

The cover of the album and its singles feature an interpretation of a Monolith from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Brian Transeau except where noted.

UK
No.TitleLength
1."Firewater" (with T.H. Culhane)8:42
2."Orbitus Teranium"8:10
3."Flaming June"8:31
4."The Road to Lostwithiel"8:38
5."Memories in a Sea of Forgetfulness" (with T.H. Culhane)7:40
6."Solar Plexus"4:14
7."Nectar"5:55
8."Remember" (with Jan Johnston)8:01
9."Love, Peace and Grease"5:21
10."Content" (contains an excerpt from "Flaming June (Simon Hale's Orchestrata)" as a hidden track)10:51
Total length:76:04
US
No.TitleLength
1."Firewater" (with T.H. Culhane)8:42
2."Orbitus Teranium"8:10
3."Flaming June"8:31
4."Lullaby for Gaia" (with Jan Johnston)5:26
5."Memories in a Sea of Forgetfulness" (with T.H. Culhane)7:40
6."Solar Plexus"4:14
7."Nectar"5:55
8."Remember" (with Jan Johnston)8:01
9."Love, Peace and Grease (BT Puma Fila Edit)"3:52
10."Content" (contains an excerpt from "Flaming June (Simon Hale's Orchestrata)" as a hidden track)10:51
Total length:71:23

Personnel[edit]

  • Simon Halestrings arrangement on "Firewater", "The Road to Lostwithiel" and "Remember"
  • T.H. Culhane – vocals on first half of "Firewater" and on "Memories in a Sea of Forgetfulness"
  • Paul van Dyk – additional production on "Flaming June"
  • Jan Johnston – vocals on "Lullaby for Gaia" and "Remember"
  • Vini Reillyflamenco guitar on "Remember"
  • BT – all other vocals, instruments and programming

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak position
UK Albums Chart (OCC)[6] 35

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ned Raggett (1997-09-22). "ESCM - BT | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-08-22.
  2. ^ Spin (12/97, p.162) - 7 (out of 10) - "...features ornately pretty prog-dance soundscapes built on compositional skills ordinary mixmasters cannot touch. With his widely imitated style of `epic' or `dream' house, BT flaunts beauty the way many rock musicians brandish coarseness--with as much urgency as he can muster..."
  3. ^ "Trancecritic.com". Trancecritic.com. Retrieved 2014-08-22.
  4. ^ [1] Archived July 14, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Electronic Music Critic: BT - ESCM". Electronic Music Critic. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  6. ^ "BT - Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 August 2017.

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