White Light Unknown | Inhabit

by Calamateur

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    Double-A-side 7" single originally released in January 2000. Pressed on heavy black vinyl. Packaged in a white paper inner sleeve, folded-card outer jacket and PVC sleeve. Contains two card inserts.

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A double-A-side single originally released on 7" vinyl in January 2000.


'...astonishing debut single...” - Jockrock

“...gradually grows into a beguiling, bleary eyed, late night glory. seek it out, great things could follow.' - Track & Field

“…is a thing of great beauty...' - The List


Here's the original press release, as written by Richard Vernon:

"Calamateur is one boy with a host of talents, a prediliction for pseudonyms and a pocketful of mesmerising and beautifully stark melodies. He also has a helpful friend who likes to be known as Alice Belts. Don't ask. This, Timshel Records first official release plays host to two of those songs. 'White Light Unknown' is a lyrically disturbing trip through some of pop's less charted waters, and a tune which could almost be described as 'catchy'. 'Inhabit' sees Calamateur marry typically frail vocals to delicate acoustic guitar and some of the oddest electronica this side of Japan. David D and his t-shirt are atop Masada at dawn. The new day starts here."


As heard on Radio 1's John Peel, Scottish Evening Session & Beat 106's The Beatscene.


"Astonishing debut single from men of mystery from somewhere in the leafy Glasgow suburbs. 'White Light Unknown' is a haunting (musically & lyrically) little ditty, with just the slightest beat to propel it along. 'Inhabit' is somehow less upbeat, the fragile vocals hardly getting going. We have seen queues of enquiring music fans form at the DJ booth in clubs when this has been played. which is probably some sort of recommendation." - Stuart Mchugh, Jockrock

"…a fine debut from Glaswegian band Calamateur and first release for the newly formed Timshel label. Absolutely no details with this except that it's extremely limited to 100 pressings so purchase on sight because I certainly think that those of you with a love for gentle pop will want a part of this. 'White Light Unknown' features some softly spun acoustics, timidly sparse in approach, nothing too threatening but possessing the kind of delicate use of vinyl grooves that deserves one of those sit-down and contemplate it all moments in life. 'Inhabit' is my personal favourite of the two tracks, slightly more happening here but again providing one of those moments where your head says nothing really out of the ordinary happening here but your heart suggests otherwise, trembling as if touched by something altogether magical. File away with the fragile whispers of Galaxie 500." - Losing Today

"Starting with a delicately picked tune and hushed vocals that recall Elliot Smith’s most sensitive moments, this single gradually grows into a beguiling, bleary-eyed, late-night glory. Seek it out, great things could follow." - Track & Field

"…is a thing of great beauty as their stark acoustic melodies float along with sparse but emotive backing." - The List

"Effortless two-track single from indie collective Calamateur. Soft restrained acoustica is the order of the day with mournful vocals and delicate instrumentation dominating both songs....lovely.” - Boomkat

"Local boys, tho' we don't know any more than that about them, produce this exquisitely beautiful 2-tracker. Lovely almost folky vocals with some gentle acoustic stuff happening in the background. For the Nick Drake fans out there." - Missing Records, Glasgow


released January 5, 2000

written by calamateur
recorded in BadAss Studios

white light unknown:
guitars: john smith
vocals: rock boy
keyboards: james quinn
drums: aidan woods

guitars: tyler
vocals: lance lambert
keyboards/sampler: alice belts
drums: hal

© timshel records
℗ soyen music

photos by: softlad
model: david d.
original artwork design: kevin hobbs
thanks to: mark russell and richard vernon


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Andrew Howie Stirling, UK

Andrew Howie (ex-Calamateur) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer & prison/community group music tutor. He combines confessional & empathetic lyricism with acoustic instruments, noisy electronics & ambient textures to create introspective, hook-laden songs about uncertainty, doubt & love. You'll find him either holed up in his home studio or playing in your living room. ... more

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Track Name: White Light Unknown
Your demands are downright unreasonable
I mean you've got to be kidding right
All this stuff about losing your life
You're insane, get out of my way

I've seen great occurrences and I've seen miracles
And I always knew you were more than a friend
But now you tell me that it's all gonna end
In three days, you'll be back again
Yeah right, whatever

In the white light unknown
I like it in here, I don't want to go home

You took us up your favourite hill
Confided all and showed us what you'd always promised us
Our fathers

I said why don't we just pitch a tent
Talk about old times and never return to the world
Into which we were sent
And I'd like to forget

In the white light unknown
I like it in here, I don't want to go home
But beneath the blackened stone
It's cold outside and I don't want to do this alone

How come I say the dumbest things at all the wrong times
Should shut my mouth and just enjoy the white light
While it lasts
A little glimpse of the past
And your government to come
Yeah, seeing what you want being the only thing that's done

In the white light unknown
I like it in here, I don't want to go home
But beneath the blackened stone
It's cold outside and I don't want to do this alone

In the white light unknown
It's time to take it all back home
'Cause I don't think you wanted things this way
And I want you back
And I want us to want you to stay
Track Name: Inhabit
Afraid to walk when it’s not on water
Afraid to take the ground on again
And I want to say I will never leave her
I want the freedom to say I will stay


The signs are fading on the freeway
And the fear is catching up again
And I promise you that I won’t let it control me
If you promise not to ask me to explain


We caught the sea air in the early morning
Always knew it was there just stepped out of the car
Spirit unknown as we take a few steps ahead
Come all the closer and don’t let us down
Don’t let us let ourselves down

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