InFine remaster and reissue The (Hypothetical) Prophets phenomenally obscure minimal synth album. Cut-up samples, strange deadpan vocals and harsh synthesizer from none-other than Bernard Szajner (of Visions of Dune fame) have made Around the World With the stuff of legend. Now it is available again on vinyl LP, with download code, and CD.
8/10 Jamie Staff review, 01 March 2016
This is a remastered and freshly re-issued new wave classic, no less, from 1982! This revelation is made all the more exciting when you consider The (Hypothetical) Prophets is the work of one of our favourites here at Norman Towers, one Bernard Szajner (vis: "Visions Of Dune", which was also remastered and reissued in 2014 by InFine). Sonically, we have harsh electronics along the lines of The Normal, Throbbing Gristle, early Depeche Mode with the pop nous of Romford's finest set against cut-up newsreels.
"Fast Food" is an electro-pop classic a-la Fad Gadget."I like Lead" is sleazy and deranged; "Person to Person" is all deadpan male and female vocal, reminding me quite a bit of the Flying Lizards, with plippy ploppy robotic electronic rhythm. There's a frankly disturbing alternative sea shanty for the synthetically-inclined in "The Fisherman's Friend"; safety advice for the naive train traveller on "The Edge of the White Zone"; cold war paranoia informs the claustrophobic sounding "Back to Siberia" and the Kraftwerk-ian, "Autobahn"ish "Budapest 45".
An intriguing, often inventive record considering its historical context and a must-have for all you New Wave completists!
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