Disco Inferno / 5 Eps, The
Album: 5 Eps, The   Collection:General
Artist:Disco Inferno   Added:Dec 2011
Label:One Little Indian  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2012-04-29 Pull Date: 2012-07-01
Week Ending: Jul 1 Jun 17 Jun 10 Jun 3 May 27 May 20 May 13 May 6
Airplays: 1 2 2 1 3 2 6 2

Recent Airplay
1. Aug 16, 2019: deep storage 8 hour marathon
Summer's Last Sound
4. May 21, 2015: The Sunset Life
Summer's Last Sound
2. Oct 04, 2018: deep storage
Summer's Last Sound
5. May 21, 2015: A Visit From Drum
The Last Dance
3. Aug 16, 2017: The Fuzz Deli
It's A Kid's World
6. May 07, 2015: The Sunset Life
Second Language

Album Review
DJ Away
Reviewed 2012-04-23
One of the first bands to combine traditional instrumentation with MIDI technology, Disco Inferno created some of the most evocative music of the 1990s before promptly falling into oblivion. This reissue of their first five EPs (all initially released 1992-1994) seems to be giving them some more fully deserved attention. The combination of post-punk instrumentation, instrument-triggered samples, and politically and socially concerned lyrics make for one of the most engrossing albums to surface recently. Everything is great, especially 1, 3, 5, 9, 13. FCC WARNING 2, 6.

1. *Summer's Last Sound (5:39)—Gorgeous, dramatic ambiance and post-punk bass. At first, the acerbic lyrics about early 90s England seem to conflict sharply with the music, but by the end the pairing becomes quite moving. Fantastic.
2. Love Stepping Out (6:23)—FCC WARNING (f•••). Again a striking pairing of ambient sounds (this time acoustic guitar samples) and bitter lyrics.
3. *A Rock To Cling To (3:53)—Sampled rock music and found sounds create another driving and poignant background for the melancholy lyrics.
4. From the Devil to the Deep Blue Sky (9:40)—Instrumental. This combination of post-punk bass, chainsaw guitars, ambient sounds, and samples of shattering glass make this a great choice if you want something long form.
5. *The Last Dance (4:08)—A lovely dance song with apprehensive and angry lyrics. The final thirty seconds open up beautifully.
6. D.I. Go Pop (5:09)—FCC WARNING (s••• 3:00?). Total chaos. A swirl of sampled My Bloody Valentine guitars and assorted effects.
7. The Long Dance (5:27)—A different version of “The Last Dance.” This version sounds just as good as the other.
8. Scattered Showers (7:15)— This song generates a lot of tension but sounds seasick.
9. *Second Language (4:48)—One of the more hopeful and inviting songs on this CD. Lush, complex, and luminous.
10. The Atheist's Burden (3:57)—Another relatively optimistic, bouncy song for Disco Inferno. More lush sounds against beatboxing.
11. At The End Of The Line (4:20)— Soft, downbeat, and beautifully expansive.
12. A Little Something (2:58)—Carries the same upbeat sound as tracks 9 and 10 with a faster tempo.
13. *It's A Kid's World (4:35)—Drums ripped from Iggy Pop’s “Lust For Life” and an explosion of brilliant sounds alongside frustrated lyrics. Slow fadeout.
14. A Night On The Tiles (2:49)—Instrumental. Edith Piaf and lots of meowing cats. Then jazz brawl mayhem. Completely different from anything else here.
15. Lost In Fog (4:48)— Ambient piece with lyrics about viewing the earth from far away. Builds in tension over its five minutes.

Track Listing
1. Summer's Last Sound   8. Scattered Showers
2. Love Stepping Out   9. Second Language
3. A Rock To Cling To   10. The Atheist's Burden
4. From The Devil To The Deep Blue Sky   11. At The End Of The Line
5. The Last Dance   12. A Little Something
6. D.I. Go Pop   13. It's A Kid's World
7. The Long Dance   14. A Night On The Tiles
  15. Lost In Fog