White Light Unknown / Inhabit

by Calamateur

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Dann Chinn @ MIsfit City
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Dann Chinn @ MIsfit City Calamateur's rare debut single, now brought back as a download. A sigh of sleet. Favorite track: White Light Unknown.
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    Beautifully re-mastered recordings of my first release as Calamateur.

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Here's what I wrote on my blog about this single, 10 years after it's first release:

"This, my first release as Calamateur, was originally a 7″ single ‘White Light Unknown / Inhabit‘, released in early 2000.

It was a pretty lo-fi affair: recorded using Mark Russell’s (of Oldsolar) reel-to-reel 8 track, then mixed to Minidisc (a real no-no!) and, with the whole mastering process by-passed (because I had no idea what it was at the time!), it was then sent off to the Czech Republic to be made into 200 pieces of thick black vinyl.

I really had no idea what I was doing throughout the whole process, but clearly remember the excitement I felt when I opened the newly-arrived cardboard box and found 7″ singles with my music on them inside.

And that was nothing compared to how I felt when I heard John Peel playing the single on his Radio 1 show."

Here are some of the reviews it got:

“…possessing the kind of delicate use of vinyl grooves that deserves one of those sit down and contemplate it all moments in life….trembling as if touched by something altogether magical…” – Losing Today

“…astonishing debut single…” – Jockrock

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

“…a thing of great beauty…”- The List


released January 2, 2000

All songs written, performed, engineered, produced and mixed by Andrew Howie.

Keyboards on 'Inhabit' by Mark Russell.

Recorded at BadAss Studios.
Mastered by Iain Hutchison at Glo-Worm Studios, Glasgow.

Design by Kevin Hobbs.

Thanks to Mark Russell & Richard Vernon.

Originally release on Timshel Records


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Calamateur was the name under which Scottish song-writer and noise-maker Andrew Howie released music from 2000 until 2013.

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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