Purity and Despair (1998)

This is the 10th Elegant Simplicity album and the first all instrumental release since ‘Natural Instinct’. Initial quantities were available as a limited edition full colour picture disc.

Fantastic artwork throughout the 8 page booklet, which is in full colour. Each page features a collection of themed images which represent the mood of the relevant song.

From the piano and strings intro to the all out heavy rock of the title track, this album fuses progressive rock, folk, jazz and orchestral themes into an album of rare depth and beauty. Highly original in approach and execution, the album overflows with melody and invention.

Release Info

  • Proximity Records | ESCD 10 | March 1998 | CD | Sold Out
  • Proximity Records | ESDD 10 | Digital | Buy


  1. When Darkness Falls (13.50)
  2. The Quantum Of Solace (14.12)
  3. Tranquillity and Drift (19.40)
  4. Aching Desire (12.00)
  5. Purity and Despair (7.48)

Line Up

  • Steven McCabe: Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Guitar-Synth, Organ, Piano, Mellotron, Synthesisers, Flute, Mandolin, Samples & Effects
  • Peter Douglas: Acoustic and Electric Drums, Percussion and Assorted Noises
  • Gilbert Ross: Fretted and Fretless Bass Guitars