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In Embrace was a British pop-band of the 1980ies. Founded in Leicestershire as a synth duo by Gary Knight and Cameron Lindo in 1982, they released the mini-album, „The Initial Caress“ (Glass Records), which received notable airplay by John Peel. Their first proper album was called ‘Passionfruit Pastels’. Knight and Lindo then went their separate ways, and Knight continued to record and perform solo as In Embrace for the next single ‘The Living Daylights’ before recruiting Richard Formby on guitar. The second album ‘Too’ (Glass) was highly praised in the now-defunct ‘Sounds’ and ‘ZigZag’. Their single ‘Your Heaven Scent’ was hailed ‘Single of the Month’ in ZigZag. Supporting The Style Council at the Apollo Theatre in Coventry, In Em-brace recruited a full-time drummer in Joby Palmer (Pre-Eyeless In Gaza) and Stephen Rees (ex-Tuffs) on bass, whereas Formby was replaced by Clive Dove (also ex-Tuffs). They emerged on Cherry Red Records with a final Knight/Formby song, ‘Shouting in Cafes’. Next came their most widely-known song -‘This Brilliant Evening’- their only track still available on CD on ‘Ambition - The Cherry Red Story’. Multi-instrumentalist Peter Becker of Eyeless In Gaza then joined the band for their subsequent performing and recording sessions. Major support dates with The Housemartins and Carmel followed before In Embrace returned to Glass Records with two new singles: ‘A Room Upstairs’ and ‘What’s Got into Me?’. The band dissolved for financial problems, whereas their last album, 1987’s ‘Songs About Snogging’, remains unreleased to this day.


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  • Acerockolla

    I used to have the cover art of Your Heaven Scent framed on my office wall. With tracks like This Brilliant Evening and Shouting in Cafes's they almost, almost broke through and then they were gone. :( Such an under rated band and it seems almost completely ignored nowadays.

    25 Aug 2013 Reply

    I still have the 7" of Your Heaven Scent, album Passion Fruit Pastels and 12" of This Brilliant Evening. I cherish their music.

    19 May 2009 Reply
  • Haystack_Brown

    I like 'em a lot!

    28 Dec 2008 Reply
  • flashbleu

    Empty shoutbox and not much love for In Embrace. Shame. "Too" was a beautiful little album. Wish more of their stuff was available on cd.

    5 Dec 2008 Reply

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