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Again Into Eyes [CD]

S.C.U.M Audio CD
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S.C.U.M’s debut album, Again Into Eyes is a triumphant arrival. This is a debut which has filtering through the collective unconscious long before its completion, and it already it feels burned into the cortex. Again Into Eyes reels from carnival-esque toughness to a second side that comes close to despair before mainlined redemption in the form of ‘Whitechapel’, a utopian, ... Read more in Amazon's S.C.U.M Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mute Artists
  • ASIN: B005C2A1GO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,196 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Faith Unfolds
2. Days Untrue
3. Cast Into Seasons
4. Amber Hands
5. Summon The Sound
6. Sentinal Bloom
7. Requiem
8. Paris
9. Water
10. Whitechapel

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A genuinely triumphant arrival, the album features ten stunning tracks including forthcoming single Amber Hands, that reel from glorious carnival-esque euphoria to a sound that occasionally flirts at melancholy and utter despair.

Again Into Eyes
was recorded in London with producers Ken and Jolyon Thomas, whose credits include Sigur Ros, M83, David Bowie and Psychic TV. The album standouts include Faith Unfolds, Summon The Sound, which featured on Mute’s recent exclusive Record Store Day vinyl release Vorwarts and the utopian, future-disco monolith that is Whitechapel. Indeed, the bands' individual listening habits in psychedelia, space-rock, avant-garde and ambient soundtracks collide to form a pop trip that neatly balances the innovative with the rapturously danceable to great effect.

Based in London, S.C.U.M exploded onto the music scene two years ago with the release of their debut single Visions Arise. The single, together with their exciting and intense live shows, quickly grabbed the imagination of fans and critics alike. Since then they have toured extensively across the UK and Europe to a growing fanbase.

BBC Review

S.C.U.M. - or to give them their full originally-invented-by-would-be-Warhol-assassin Valerie-Solanas name, Society For Cutting Up Men: essentially a cheery manifesto about how all men are a bit rubbish, basically - hark back to the clattering industrial sounds of yore, managing to evade the ham-fisted attempts of lesser acts who've looked to the era for inspiration.

There is something over-archingly immense about how the band have transformed from the embryonic state of 'all talk and no trousers', and are now bursting into a thrilling declaration of 'actually, there's more than just trousers, there's hats too'. After initially arriving in 2008 as an act born from the Underage (festival, club nights etc) scene, and featuring a brother of a Horror and the son of an Add N to (X), they seemed a bit like a psychedelically incestuous art-rock EastEnders.

Comparisons with The Horrors are rife, mainly because of the connections and a similar outlook and sound. But then, we all thought we had the measure of Faris and company once, and now they've turned into the best band in Britain. And, really, there's no reason why S.C.U.M. shouldn't follow them.

Amazingly haired soundscapery and ominous and intriguing racket is S.C.U.M.'s stock in trade. Opener Faith Unfolds bowls about optimistically for a while, before swooning into a motorik glide, while the synthy washes of Amber Hands suggests there was a roaring trade going on for early Simple Minds albums around Hoxton at the start of this year. Thomas Cohen's voice fits perfectly, with a baritone full of foreboding and illicit promise. Requiem builds into a coalescent swarm of noise, while album closer Whitechapel moves gracefully with a touch of cosmic disco among its swathes of cello and mellotron, and then breaks into a slight canter.

With high-concept sounds and an ace sleeve, Again Into Eyes is a bold debut, and an extremely rewarding experience. Initial listens may paint it as a bit of a pretentious dirge, but dive into it and soon warmth and light flood in. There's a sense that S.C.U.M. are only just beginning, and the promise here suggests you should mark them for future greatness.

--Ian Wade

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth checking out! 18 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
If you are into synth laden,moody indie that is catchy and mysterious,you are likely to enjoy this.Caught the band at Exeter Phoenix a couple of weeks ago on the first leg of their NME tour,on the reccommendation of my teenage son.Very enjoyable gig,clearly a band who have a strong musical direction,the performance was charismatic and powerful and compentently played-the songs interesting and memorable.Naturally I have borrowed my sons copy of the album,which sounds remarkedly like the live performance,it has become compulsive listening.Influences? sounds both live and recorded are reminiscent of Nick cave,Suede through to Eno.Talked to the band afterwards-really nice bunch of guys (and girl)asked them about their influences,and they seemed non-plussed,only mentioning Echo and the Bunnymen.Will stick my neck out and say it's one of the best indie type albums of the year.Great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Eyes Have It 4 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
S.C.U.M. are a superbly intense and moody bunch of boys from
Sarf East London whose debut album 'Again Into Eyes' is made of
the kind of stuff to make your hair curl and teeth tremble in
their sockets. This is a good thing! There is an arch seriousness
in the project which embraces the darker shadows of the eighties
but transforms them into something entirely relevant for these shaky
uncertain times. I can imagine them dressed in basic black playing for
all they are worth on a semi-lit stage in a subterranean cavern.

There is a sinister energy in their performances of these eleven
splendid inventions which I found curiously appealing. In Thomas
Cohen they have a wholly credible front man. Swathed in reverb,
he snarls and growls his way through these small epics like your
Mother's worst nightmare. The battenberg would almost certainly
melt into a pale pink and yellow puddle in the centre of the dining
room table if you brought him home to tea! Suburbia beware!!

Wayward reflections aside, the songs really are very well constructed.
Moody, unhinged and occasionally (witness the perfectly wonderful
'Paris') strangely affecting, these young gentlemen are mapping out
a territory all their own. There are shades of Brett Anderson evident
in Mr Cohen's voice which I found particularly enjoyable. The opening
track 'Faith Unfolds' is a song which Suede would have been proud to own.
The Psychedelic Furs, on their best form, also came to mind from time to
time in compositions like 'Amber Hands' and the delicious 'Whitechapel'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PEACHES GELDOFS FAVE BAND PT.2 15 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
S.C.U.M piqued my interest when they emerged a few years back as a fashionita noise band along with The Horrors,a band i despise.To be honest i just liked the name at first which is from Valerie Solanos men hating "feminist" manifesto,which by the way is an unremmiting piece of garbage written by an ugly maniac.By rights i should hate this band on looks alone and the fact that singer Thomas Cohen is dating Peaches "i am goin to vomit"Geldof.Boy the other band members must be peeved as the press attention focuses in on yet another celebrity relationship.Loads of tabloid shots of the couple sat at the front of milan fashion shows,dawdling down Portobello Road in a fog of sandals,sarongs and sytrofoam cups full of mocchachinos,frapachinos...more likely iced tea.Also Thomas Cohen is a sickening poser,the pouting is out of control all leading to a rather pronounced punchability.But i gotta admit i loved this album.Self conscious,gloomy,big,annoying,portentous,fey....moody fringes and swaying.It has this early 80s quality of self importance which i dig like say Bauhaus or Japan.Plus stonking tunes such as single Amber Hands,Days Untrue and Whitechapel full of drama and ambition.This is a perfect album for the poetic 15 year old outcast who reads good books,a soundtrack to your romantic gloom.Equally its perfect for sad,32 year old,frustrated popstars like me who pathetically still read the n.m.e and think they are clever for spotting a bands reference point.A great british album and a great divisive,possibly annoying, band.At the end of the day i am jealous of these trendy singers....i want the sarong and styrofoam cup.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ignore 29 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
I would like to know how much money Mute paid to produce this. There are two good songs - Faith Unfolds and Whitechapel, the rest are forgettable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Androgyny 22 Sep 2011
By Robert Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Got this from my local music megaplex. We're becoming more like Americans over here. Heard a track sponsored by Shure in an American Magazine "Under the Radar" plugging an album available now in Australia. Got to love the Global Economy.
Anyway, the music. These beautiful poseurs have the musical chops to back up their image consciousness. Comparisons may be lazy but at various times I thought I was listening to some strange montage of Ultravox, Soft Cell, My Bloody Valentine and Ulrich Schnauss.
That said, this is not another lame shoegaze effort. Tracks 2-4 show remarkable facility in gnarly guitar, dreamy percussive mutedness and vocals with echoey resonance. All very compelling. Pity they lose momentum towards the middle of the album playing mediocre synth balladry (Requiem), but they return to safer territory with some more mid-tempo synth revelry. I get the distinct impression that these guys are genuine stayers, and will develop into a very accomplished outfit. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars electronic dark-pop anthems touched by shoegaze 5 Oct 2011
By Charlie Quaker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
London debut of epic, sky-soaring, electronic dark-pop anthems touched by shoegaze drone. A
collection of dramatic, grandiose songs with a mythic, Goth-edged aura of sensual despair that
often manifests itself in expansive crescendo finales. Like a mix of the Horrors, Cut Copy,
U.N.K.L.E., Spiritualized, O.M.D., Spacemen 3, Ultravox, Spectrum.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to Colors 8 April 2014
By heather erjavec - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Quite the art. I've been an admirer of s.c.u.m for some time now and had to get this album finally!! It should arrive today in the mail, and I am most excited!! Its one of those bands that I am like "yeah, they really get it". What I really love about this band is they are an art form. When I listen and watch, it almost like a painting coming to life in all its creativeness. Many people compare this band to Toy. must confess I don't enjoy watching or listening to Toy as much as S.C.U.M. they really get the artistry and ebb natural abilities in a craft, without trying too hard to be a cool fit for ears and molded minds. (It is quite heart breaking this band is no longer together. fingers crossed they will be back someday to dazzle us.) also I have to write some of the lyrics to amber hands because it cant get much more perfect than this:
"slide, side, sea sands Indus awn,
transgender seize and dawn.
sigh, sigh, sees Anne’s Indus son,
transcend the seeds and dawn.
sigh, sign, see sans-sin thus on,
Tran’s end the seeds and gone."
( so creatively genius )
5.0 out of 5 stars Whitechapel Climax 27 Nov 2012
By GLK - Published on Amazon.com
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Good album highlighted by the 6 minute Whitechaple. Whitechapel is one of those rare songs that can hold and move you. It won't let you go, even if you try to shake it by listening over and over.
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELENT VINYL. THANKS 14 Dec 2011
By debailar - Published on Amazon.com
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