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THE PROPHET

P'cock

 

Progressive Electronic

2.42 | 8 ratings

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Modrigue
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3 stars Alan Parsons Project's little cousins

Despite their nationality and being signed on Klaus Schulze's label, the music of P'COCK can neither really be compared to krautrock nor to the Berlin School electronic style. Instead of long mesmerizing soundscapes, what we have here is rather a German version of ALAN PARSONS PROJECT. Pleasant and catchy naive charming melodies played on synthesizers. Nothing more, nothing less.

Side one is quite convincing. With its vocoder, keyboards and spacey ambiance, the title track immediately sets the tone. A nice little retro-futuristic song, prophesying a cool vintage cosmic journey. The more dynamic "The Actors Fun" is pretty much in the style of their fellow countrymen ELOY, especially the "Colours" album, released the same year. It also contains a calmer and slightly floydian relaxing passage. More conventional but nonetheless enjoyable, the poppy and melancholic "Toby" has some reminiscences with TOTO. Back to the stars with "Silver Swallow". While the first half is trippy and floating, the second half turns a bit strange, incorporating symphonic, aggressive and kind of chaotic robotic passages.

Side two is unfortunately not as inspired. Although the catchy "N 1,4" could easily compete with ALAN PARSONS PROJECT's best instrumentals, the AOR "Fly Your Kite" has its moments, but finally sounds overall flat and average. Concerning "La Mer", the longest track of the record, this 10 minutes long suite is not very coherent, rather out of place and fails to really lift off. The ending part reuses the melody of the title track with additional ocean waves sound. It's a pity the disc concludes with its two weak songs...

As you understand, this "Prophet" does neither announce anything genuinely revolutionary nor over-trippy extended hypnotic sequences. However, this first album from P'COCK offers pleasant little vintage electronic music. Give it a listen if you enjoy ALAN PARSONS PROJECT and old-school synthesizers.

Modrigue | 3/5 |

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