BT ‎– ESCM

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ESCM is short for 'Electric Sky Church Music'.
The US CD release of this album contains the 'BT Puma Fila Edit' of "Love, Peace And Grease", which is shorter than the version on the UK CD album.
The US CD also has "Lullaby For Gaia" as track 4, while the UK CD has "The Road To Lostwithiel".

Tracklist

Firewater 8:44
Orbitus Teranium 8:11
Flaming June 8:25
The Road To Lostwithiel 8:35
Memories In A Sea Of Forgetfulness 7:40
Solar Plexus 4:14
Nectar 5:55
Remember 8:00
Love, Peace And Grease 5:21
Content 8:50
Flaming June (Reprise) 1:13

Versions (10)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
3984-20065-2 BT ESCM(CD, Album) Perfecto 3984-20065-2 UK & Europe 1997 Sell This Version
PROP260, 3984-20065-2 BT E.S.C.M.(CD, Promo, J-C) Perfecto, Perfecto PROP260, 3984-20065-2 UK 1997 Sell This Version
3984-20934-1 BT ESCM(2xLP) Perfecto 3984-20934-1 UK 1997 Sell This Version
9 46799-2 BT ESCM(CD, Album) Perfecto, Kinetic Records, Reprise Records 9 46799-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
AMCE-2379 BT ESCM(CD, Album) EastWest Japan AMCE-2379 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
PRO-CD-8939 BT ESCM(CD, Album, Promo) Kinetic Records PRO-CD-8939 US 1997 Sell This Version
3984-20065-4 BT ESCM(Cass, Album) Perfecto 3984-20065-4 UK 1997 Sell This Version
9 46799-4, 4-46799 BT ESCM(Cass, Album) Perfecto, Perfecto 9 46799-4, 4-46799 US 1997 Sell This Version
none BT ESCM(Cass, Promo) Perfecto none UK 1997 Sell This Version
none BT ESCM(10xFile, MP3, Album, VBR) Rhino Records (2) none Unknown

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Mikayekel27

Mikayekel27

January 27, 2021
edited 3 months ago
referencing ESCM, CD, Album, 3984-20065-2
Those expecting a bouncy trance escapade will be disappointed, but those who like variety will enjoy BT's foray into genre hopping. DnB, breakbeat, his attempt at NIN with Solar Plexus...hell, it's got a little bit of everything. Sure there's still great trance anthems (Flaming June, Remember and Nectar) and the production sounds top notch. Love, Peace, and Grease is a breakbeat bonanza filled with lush atmospheres and doesn't forget that it's a big beat track. Speaking of big beat, Content seemed to be naught but a generic closer, but the second half became a huge breakbeat and trance monster.

Just like his R&R album this one still holds up well due to the variety exhibited within.
Numanoid

Numanoid

November 2, 2020
edited 6 months ago
referencing ESCM, CD, Album, 3984-20065-2
Up until including track 5 this feels like a contender for best album of the '90s, songs flowing together become bigger than their own parts, BT already in 1997 showcasing his stutter technique on Orbitus Teranium, an awesome piece of music, fusing breaks and trance foreseeing how big that sound would become later in the 90's. But then as the genius l'enfant terrible BT is, he hits me in the veritable solar plexus as he intended with "Solar Plexus", and later "Remember" heading into vocal valley seems to be looking to proghouse of the past rather than the future. As a whole a very good album, but not perfect.
Blackout-

Blackout-

June 16, 2019
referencing ESCM, 2xLP, 3984-20934-1
i hope this gets repressed sometime soon. The 2nd hand copies that float around on Discogs are completely trashed by DJs or super expensive
brian.elder.180

brian.elder.180

February 6, 2019
referencing ESCM, CD, Album, 9 46799-2
If bt’s first album was a trance classic, groundbreaking in its fusing of organic sounds with Progressive House and bt’s signature piano sound, ESCM was a conscious effort to straddle as many genres as possible over the course of 10 tracks.
Obviously Flaming June is regarded as a classic but it’s b side Orbitus Terranium was a far more interesting breakbeat monster that genuinely sounded fresh and exciting. Other tracks like Remember and Road to Losthwithiel are pleasant enough, but all too often it sounds like a precocious talent unbridled by genre constraints and perhaps the complete faith of Perfecto allowed him creative freedom that he didn’t have previously.
The result is a tendency to overcook everything when a bit of restraint may have improved the finished product enormously. While you can’t fault the production, the enthusiasm or even the PMA, it all does start to sound like a child on a sugar rush.
wildblunthickok

wildblunthickok

October 31, 2018
referencing ESCM, CD, Album, 9 46799-2

BT's second album (ESCM) is easily his best album of all time. An acronym for Electric Sky Church Music, this is the only music I've ever heard that has managed to successfully convey the feeling of being in nature and getting that "big sky" feeling. Definitely a must-have album.
After this album he drifted into the whole "guest rappers rapping over his music" thing and made everything sound as commercial as it could. I'd recommend avoiding this period (Movement In Still Life, Emotional Technology, This Binary Universe, These Hopeful Machines). The only good part of it was the Dreaming single/remix ep.
After that period he made the album "If The Stars Are Eternal So Are You And I" which is about the only thing he's done that came close to ESCM, but after that he went into really really cliched sounding dubstep (the kind where every instrument is an annoying alarm sound). To be fair "If The Stars..." had 1 minute of dubstep mixed into the ending of one of the slow ambient songs and fans responded positively to it, so I can see why he would think people would like an album of dubstep from him. The truth is it was actually the juxtposition that people liked (playing slow stark sounding ambient for 9 minutes and then building towards a climax that manifested itself as over the top dubstep insanity). BT just playing dubstep on it's own sounds cliched, boring, and rather like Homer Simpson's first webpage ("you'd think all the noises would be annoying but they're not").
I should probably include his first album ("Ima") in the list of BT albums worth getting. It's not as good as ESCM but it's at least in a similar direction. It's still got that pre-commercial sound.
freakaz0id

freakaz0id

October 10, 2018
edited over 3 years ago
referencing ESCM, CD, Album, Promo, PRO-CD-8939
The rubber sleeve this came in damages plastic. It left a film on the disc and altered the surface of the jewel cases that were adjacent to it to a milky white.
Triquatra

Triquatra

August 24, 2018
referencing ESCM, CD, Album, 3984-20065-2
Most peculiar, but Road to Lostwithel seems to be a vinyl rip. At first I thought it was a "bad" mastering and was just clipping from distortion in places, but turns out not to be the case. It happens during the quiet breakdown at the 5:30 - 6:00 mark, there are crackles and pops clear as day if you load up the waveform in audition/favourite DAW. you can see/hear them quite clearly. Weird.
BigBeat25

BigBeat25

August 13, 2017
referencing ESCM, CD, Album, 3984-20065-2

I gonna say that this album is Extraordinary, Sublime, Classic and Magnificent. From start to finish, it's all about trance melodies and solid breakbeats.
"Flaming June" is a superb trance classic, with the outro "Content" being in the same vein. The intro "Firewater" and "Memories in a Sea of Forgerfulness" got some arab chorus which fit perfectly with the airy notes, while "The Road to Lostwithiel" has a drum and bass tempo and this song sums up the meaning of "feeling good" pretty well. At last, "Love, Peace And Grease" is the sole big beat piece of the CD.
It is impossible to feel anything but satisfaction while listening. Happy 20th birthday "ESCM" !
thebottomlesspit

thebottomlesspit

March 27, 2017
referencing ESCM, CD, Album, 3984-20065-2
Nectar is worth a listen - there is something special there
anemiccinema

anemiccinema

January 4, 2017
referencing ESCM, CD, Album, Promo, PRO-CD-8939
"Lullaby for Gaia" samples Depeche mode - "Shouldn't Have Done That"