Boomkat Product Review:
'Earlier / Later' features cherry-picked selections from the prolific Belgian synthpop band Polyphonic Size. Founded in 1979 by Roger-Mark Vande Voorde, from their 2nd EP 'Nagasaki Mon Amour' onwards, Polyphonic Size established a long-stading working relationship with The Stranglers bassist and producer Jean-Jacques Burnel which would strongly influence their future output, including the excellent cover version of The Rolling Stones 'Mothers Little Helper' featured in this compilation. Over the years covered here, 1979-1982 the band revolved around Roger-Marc Vabde Voorde (vocals, guitar, keyboards, electronics), Kloot Per W (bass, vocals), Martine Bourlée (vocals, percussions) and France Lhermitte (vocals, percussions), and Dominique Buxin wrote nearly all the lyrics, but never appeared live on stage or on any record sleeve. Despite JJ Burnel's input, the group remained a resolutely European synth-pop group, exploring the limits of their machines with a very pop wise personality. The first half of the compilation documents a probing, early sound, whilst the 2nd half charts an evolution int heir sound, working with Burnel to achieve a sharper style best heard in the taut, slinky electro groove and breathy vox of 'Rda-Rfa' or the Factory/LTM-esque sound of 'Parties Dance'.