Underarms

Underarms


4AD's reissue campaign reaches into the slightly obscure territory of the label's catalog with Underarms & Sideways, a luxe, two-disc repackaging of the Hope Blister's 1998 collection of outtakes and reinterpretations of the group's album ...smile's ok that comes with a set of Underarms remixes by Kompakt's Markus Guentner. Originally, Underarms was available as a mail-order-only release from 4AD, so in a way Underarms & Sideways is both its first official release and a reissue. Either way, the album is still striking: while its pieces are undeniably ambient, they're also commanding, with a surprising amount of body and presence. While "Friday Afternoon" is relatively (and beautifully) wispy, it shares the intense cello drones, distant, understated drums, and fleeting melodic figures that thread through the rest of the album. On the other hand, "Iota" -- which opens with a strange sound that falls somewhere between scratching and screaming -- and "White on White" are dark and almost threatening, reflecting Underarms' ability to conjure vivid imagery despite (or perhaps because of) its abstractness. While only "Happiness Strings" and "Dagger Strings" have any literal ties to ...smile's ok, tracks like "Sweet Medicine" share that album's emotional pull. Sideways, meanwhile, does indeed offer a different perspective on the Hope Blister's music. Guentner is an inspired choice to continue the project's metamorphosis, and with his expansive touch, he manages to make tracks that are even more ethereal and ambient than their source material. Pieces such as "Sideways Three," which begins with a jittery, mechanical edge and eventually overflows with lush, aquatic sounds, keep the ebb and flow of Underarms and have their own distinctive feel. "Sideways Four," meanwhile, surrounds warm, soothing, "Sweet Medicine"-like drones with chillier electronic textures. While it might be expected that breaking down the Hope Blister's original concepts into smaller and smaller pieces would bring diminishing returns, Underarms & Sideways, Rovi

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    HPB condition ratings
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    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: 4AD (USA)
  • UPC: 652637251722
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Track listings

  • Disc 1:
  • 1. Sweet Medicine
  • 2. Friday Afternoon
  • 3. Iota
  • 4. Dagger Strings
  • 5. White On White
  • 6. Sweet Medicine #2
  • 7. Happiness Strings
  • Disc 2:
  • 1. Sideways 1 To 7
 
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  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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