"Almost totally out of sync with prevailing trends in 1992, now ECIM seems prophetic in its embrace of styles and influences that would come to a much greater fore throughout the decade." -- ALL MUSIC GUIDE "Phenomenal debut ... Cul de Sac navigate this realm like enlightened nomads." -- SPIN "There's a group called Cul de Sac -- very ambient, very cool." -- LOU REED IN MOJO 1992 -- the year after "The Year Punk Broke." The smell of teen spirit was emanating out of the Pacific Northwest, from coast-to-coast the youth were proudly flyin' the flannel, and the term "alternative" had firmly taken root in the rock critic lexicon. In Boston, however, guitarist Glenn Jones had a radically different agenda brewing. Drawing inspiration from sixties psychedelia, surf guitar, American and Middle Eastern folk music, Krautrock, and the more industrial elements of the avant-garde, Cul de Sac developed and honed this formula as an instrumental quartet. As it stands today, the band has long-since cemented their status as one of the leading lights of the avant rock underground. But it was the out-of-left-field splash they made in 1992 with their debut ECIM that started the whole undercurrent. Clearly, there was nothing like it at the time. Today, ECIM almost seems prophetic; its fully realized sound is certainly more in step with recent underground activity than it ever was previously. A crucial chapter in the development and actualization of the American avant rock underground, ECIM has been out of print for many years. Proudly resuscitated, the reissue of ECIM boasts an impeccable digital remastering job, beefed up with three previously unreleased tunes from the period and rounded out with archival photos and liner notes by Glenn Jones and Byron Coley. Features the Cul de Sac live staples "Death Kit Train" and "Nico's Dream," plus their original take on the Fahey classic "The Portland Cement Factory at Monolith, California" and guest appearances by the inimitable Dredd Foole.