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Eyeless In Gaza - Bitter Apples Mp3
Electronic / Rock
Performer: Eyeless In Gaza
Title: Bitter Apples
Style: Folk Rock, Synth-pop
Year 1995
Country UK
Label Ambivalent Scale Recordings, A-Scale Recordings
Catalog Number A-SCALE 020
Genre: Electronic / Rock
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 487
MP3 size: 1080 mb
FLAC size: 1341 mb
WMA size: 2392 mb
Record From: CD, Album

Eyeless In Gaza - Bitter Apples Mp3


1Guide This Night3:00
2Dear Light4:01
3Earth (Legend Of Two Daughters)2:40
4To Cry Mercy4:10
5Bitter Apples4:12
6To Listen Across The Sands7:03
7Returning Over4:05
8Likeness Of Summer2:57
9Jump To Glory Jane6:15
10Bushes And Briars4:10
11Year Dot4:39
12Sorrow Came2:20
13Dust Alphabet2:55
14Sunset 19032:10
15No Further Than The Shore5:04
16Harps In Heaven2:58


  • Composed ByMartyn Bates, Peter Becker
  • Drums, Bass, Keyboards, Tape, Effects [Manipulation], Acoustic Guitar [6-string], Backing Vocals, Percussion [Assorted], ChimesPeter Becker
  • EngineerPeter Becker
  • Photography ByElizabeth S.
  • ProducerEyeless In Gaza
  • SleeveHive-Arc
  • Voice, Electric Guitar, 12-String Acoustic Guitar, Guitar [Spanish], Tape, Organ, Cymbal [Cimbala], ShakerMartyn Bates


Completed September 1995.


  • Barcode (Text): 5 021958 453026 >
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5021958453026
  • Matrix / Runout: ASCALE020 10387741 01 % MADE IN U.K. BY PDO
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L132
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 0404


  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – A-Scale Records
  • Copyright (c) – A-Scale Records
  • Distributed By – World Serpent
  • Recorded At – Ambivalent Scale Studios
  • Published By – Copyright Control
  • Published By – Ambivalent Scale Recordings
  • Glass Mastered At – PDO, UK – 10387741


Once they played happily in the fields of Indie Pop, when the Summer breeze blew across idyllic dreamstates, where the sun lazily warmed the world and we were young and full of anticipation. Now we are older and look back, the distance of time makes things seem oh so far away. The excitement and anticipation EIG's music once embodied is now matured, fatter, slower yet no less wonderful for the silver threads which nestle among the darker. Indeed, like lovers, the fires of youth may have burned off, but there's a more rounded substance which makes the music longer lasting and much more fulfilling for that.
Always enamoured by experimentalism - hell, it was partly BATESY's fault I began to listen to material by TG, LEMON KITTENS, CABS and so on - they find now that they can doodle and mess around in the margins without feeling they should toe some pre-determined line, which gives the constructed 'songs' - of which there are a lot more than on recent EIG releases - a stronger, more rooted feeling, as if each piece is a work of passion, rather than a song to fill an album. But then they always have glowed supernova with passionate expression!

There are some great songs on this album - it's far more of a song album than many of their more recent releases - not much in the way of gimmicky hook, but rather taking a warm Folkyness which is uniquely theirs. Much of the anger has gone, that driving spirit which spat and Pollocked, driven by that which in the human spirit makes us fools to others and heroes to ourselves - a kind of idealised self-righteousness, a strong sense of right and wrong totally out of step with social opinion. Replacing it is an inward expression, no less passionate, just somehow more co-ordinated.

There are some classic moments on this album - "To Listen Across The Sands" will soon work it's way into your memory, "Dear Light" will endear itself to you, many of the others will gradually work their way under your skin.

MARTYN BATES & PETE BECKER invite the listener into their own intimate world of sound & image. Former EIG fans may be confused by the often seemingly improvised approach to the music, but to some of us it seems the natural, logical step forward.

Originally reviewed for Sof Watch.