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ProemSocially Inept

Label:Merck – MERCK 023
CD, Album, Limited Edition
Style:IDM, Glitch, Downtempo, Techno, Leftfield, Electro


1I Don't Know How To Tell3:48
2Bites Their Tongue4:17
3Invisible For All3:52
5Pinching Point3:46
6Place Gun To Head6:07
7When Frailty Fails4:02
8Out Of Phase3:47
10Carpark Kittens3:40
11Deep Like Airline Failure3:56
12Sleep Is For Lunch5:48
14Socially Inept4:06

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  • Phonographic Copyright ℗Merck
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Limited to 2000 copies.

Merck ℗ & © 2004

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 73885 03702 9
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): SU1020767 SOCIALLY INEPT 01
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): DOSSIER 1-0-1
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI LL28
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L044
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI KZ05
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 165E


zane470's avatar
Edited 2 years ago
Easily one of the best IDM albums ever made. I've been listening to this for over a decade and I'm still amazed by it. I'd say that this is probably Richard's best work and it perfectly captures his unique style -- dark melodies infused with beautiful glitch drum patterns. Like BoC, I really feel that his particular style is unique enough to almost warrant its own genre. I've heard many Autechre, Aphex Twin, BoC copy-cats but Proem is the only one who has pushed that style to the next level -- his music shows that you can convey deep emotions using beeps, boops and other synth noises.

If you are looking for a comparable album, I'd recommend "Bye Bye Gridlock Traffic" by Secede. It's not as dark, but it's just as beautiful and I think Proem was the one who brought Secede to the Merck label at that time.
drexcia2's avatar
Edited 7 years ago
People, more words on one of the most sublime releases in the IDM stable. This stuff just eats your mind from the inside out. Think Autechre and BOC teaming up this is what it might sound like. It is cut to precision with melodies and hooks that drag you in and build in their intensity. Once I had listened to this disc a few times I found that I continued to have dreams with Socially Inept as their soundtrack, so unable was I to 'switch off' these tracks off in my mind. Im going out on a limb here but I would have to say that this has to be in the top 10 IDM releases of all time. Mind melting, intelligent, evoloving, often dark but with slivers of light and brilliance permeating throughout. Just stunning and a work of Art.
skoisirius's avatar
Beautiful, haunting, eerie, yet stunningly warm and melty.

What I believe to be Richard Bailey's finest work released (besides liveMD, which contains many versions of these songs) starts off ambient and proceeds to lead you on a soft pillowy journey through wavering pads and complex, yet not overly done beat structures and noise from the realm of glitch. The continual feeling of melancholy surrounds you, always moving you near or far from the dark side.

Mild humorous notes of Bailey's self can be see all over the place, climaxing with with a little jelly.

I stand by this album to be one of the most solid newer generation IDM pieces. Fantastic!!
scoundrel's avatar
Edited 16 years ago
Simple beauty, simply done well. Proem's SOCIALLY INEPT starts off with the haunting "I Don't Know How to Tell," merging crispy beats over a melody that grows in clarity. "Invisible for All" has a iciness that chills even as the digital percussion skitters its way through. The initial harshness of "Pinching Point" gives way to funky electronics, and "Place Gun to Head" has a stately, eerie grace. The processed vocals on "When Frailty Fails" add a melancholy texture, and “Da.Vironment” accelerates the tempo somewhat. “Carpark Kittens” sets the beats a-thumpin’ and ends on a strangely psychotic note, while “Deep Like an Airplane Failure” introduces a gentle guitar line to accompany the clicking beneath. And the title track, closing out the album, veers into symphonic grandeur.
Taskmaster's avatar
Edited 16 years ago
Probably Proem's strongest album. 14 solid tracks of IDM beats. This album seems to focus more on melody then previous efforts. There are even some lyrics to hear on this one. I'm not sure if they are samples from movies or Bailey himself distorting his voice though. This album popular enough to get a vinyl release later on, which contained 5 of the stronger tracks on here. This album is limited to only 2000 copies so it may be becoming hard to find.