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Bark Psychosis - Hex album

Bark Psychosis - Hex album Performer: Bark Psychosis
Title: Hex
Style: Post Rock, Experimental
Date of release: 1994
Country: UK
Size MP3: 1776 mb
Size FLAC: 1419 mb
Rating: 4.1

For all the power this album packs instrumentally, I just cannot get into lead singer Graham Sutton's voice.

A masterpiece of unrivalled beauty and complexity, Bark Psychosis' Hex channels the experimentation of the group's prior singles into a more controlled setting; a series of atmospheric set pieces, the songs find a common ground between accepted musical formulas and avant innovation - at first glance, tracks like "Big Shot" and "Eyes & Smiles" appear tightly structured, yet they avoid the dynamics.

Hex is the debut studio album by British post-rock band Bark Psychosis. It was released on 14 February 1994 by Circa Records in the United Kingdom, and on 11 March 1994 by Caroline Records in the United States.

Hex ‎(CDr, Album, Promo, RE, RM). Fire Records. Hex ‎(Cass, Album, Promo). CIRC 29. Bark Psychosis.

However, when Bark Psychosis came along with Hex, post rock finally developed a name for itself and what an album Hex proved to be. Boasting a lush sound and a truly masterful array of evocative songs, Hex exists as an influential masterpiece and if closely examined, one could easily see how Explosions In The Sky gets some of their influence

Band Name Bark Psychosis. Album Name Hex. Type Album. Labels Caroline Records. Music StylePost-Rock. Members owning this album1.

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On Hex, the only album Bark Psychosis made across their initial, fated run, the group are looking much further afield – here, there are trace elements of holy minimalism, ECM jazz, the fractal jazz-funk of Miles Davis, the sea-spray of Can. In some ways, it’s a surprise that Bark Psychosis even found their way here. In the late ‘80s, the group, led by teenage friends Graham Sutton and John Ling, were enamoured of the heavy/noisy aesthetic of groups like Swans, Napalm Death and Sonic Youth


1 The Loom 5:15
2 A Street Scene 5:35
3 Absent Friend 8:20
4 Big Shot 5:20
5 Fingerspit 8:21
6 Eyes & Smiles 8:30
7 Pendulum Man 9:53

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Circa Records Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – Circa Records Ltd.
  • Made By – EMI Swindon


  • Bass, Sampler, Programmed By, Percussion – John Ling
  • Cello – Ivan McCready
  • Design – Graham Sutton
  • Djembe – Dave Ross
  • Drums, Percussion – Mark Simnett
  • Engineer – Bark Psychosis, Darren Westbrook, Mike Long, Mog , Nick Wollage
  • Engineer [Assistant] – Henry Binns, Lee Harris, Pete Molyneux
  • Flute – Phil Brown
  • Keyboards, Piano, Organ [Hammond] – Daniel Gish
  • Mastered By – Chris Blair
  • Mixed By – Bark Psychosis, Roy Spong
  • Photography By – Alastair Thain, Peter Morris, Toby McFarlan-Pond*
  • Strings – The Duke Quartet
  • Triangle, Programmed By – Neil Aldridge
  • Trumpet – Del Crabtree
  • Vibraphone – Pete Beresford*
  • Viola – John Metcalfe
  • Violin – Louisa Fuller, Rick Coster*
  • Vocals, Sampler, Programmed By, Guitar, Piano, Melodica, Organ [Hammond] – Graham Sutton
  • Written-By, Arranged By, Producer – Bark Psychosis


Recorded March to November 1993.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 24383 94422 4
  • Matrix / Runout: 839442 2 . 2:1:1. EMI SWINDON
  • Rights Society: BIEM / MCPS
  • Label Code: LC 3098
  • Other: PM 527

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
none Bark Psychosis Hex ‎(7xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, RM) Fire Records none UK 2017
none Bark Psychosis Hex ‎(CDr, Album, Promo, RE, RM) Fire Records none UK 2017
none Bark Psychosis Hex ‎(Cass, Album, Promo) Caroline Records none US 1994
CAROL 1753-2 Bark Psychosis Hex ‎(CD, Album) Caroline Records CAROL 1753-2 US 1994
CIRC 29 Bark Psychosis Hex ‎(Cass, Album) Circa CIRC 29 UK 1994

User reviews
By this for Pendulum Man alone a brilliant dark moody soundscape full of restrained tension.....bliss will follow.
The original CD had a 15kHz tone on most of the songs, and I was disappointed to find that this issue is uncorrected on the 2017 remaster.
2017 Remaster sounds better (if that was possible) than the original release. Just listening to them back to back, it's an incredible piece of work and shows exactly how you should do a reissue and improve on perfection.
Don't really agree with you here. The 2017 remaster is a loudness-war remaster: dynamics have been reduced significantly, the album is louder, the bass is unnaturally louder compared to the original. The original master was absolutely perfect and suited the album's articulate sound design.
One of the greatest albums of the 90's, this should have put BP firmly on the map of experimental bliss out bands. Every track is a killer, and it builds to a brilliant, spacious finale; like all the great albums do. Sadly, this was their debut and their last- if you ignore the two worthwhile compilations- until their comeback with Codename: Dustsucker in the 00's. Haven't heard the latter, but all must hear the former. Cannot recommend this highly enough. Get it.