Format: Mini LP
Side One - Baby Talk / Thoughtforms / Scarlet
Side Two - Bitter / Second Sight / Etheriel
I went away for a while in 1989 and when I got back the London I'd left behind was pretty much unrecognisable. House music had arrived and Home Counties kids were popping e's and doing their best to walk and talk like Mancunians as the Roses and Mondays invaded the pop charts.
The next big things were coming thick and fast including one that looked very familiar called Lush. Miki & Emma seemed to be at pretty much every gig I went to for a good few years and I hadn't a clue they even had a group.
Scar was their mini album debut for 4AD and sucks up everything from C81 to C86 and beyond before spitting it back through layers of distortion, phase and echo. Baby Talk and Etheriel still stand out as does the gentler, dreamier Thoughtforms included here.
I always liked the fact that the inside of the album sleeve is printed with a couple of kids pictorial Japanese to English translations that place 'elder sister' next to 'tongue'...
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