Boomkat Product Review:
**Double CD issue of Experimental Products - housed in typically lavish 6-panel hardback gatefold with 12-page booklet. Edition limited to 500** Vinyl on Demand present a killer compendium of early synthwave output from Delaware/Philadelphia's Experimental Product. Comprising their 1st, self-released LP - 1982's 'Prototype' - plus bonus tracks, "garage tracks" produced in a spare bedroom, and live recordings from 1983, it's a definitive introduction to one of the synth wave's most cherished duos and has never appeared on CD before (original vinyl copies go for a hefty sum). In comparison with their later, and possibly better known releases such as club anthem 'Glowing In The Dark', the sound here is distinctly more rough-round-the-edges, spiky, but there are clear traces of what would come thanks to a new remaster, which distinguishes them from the rest of the scene with a relatively slick approach to songwriting and arrangement. There are even more "typical" rock tracks - guitar solos, perky drums and all - included in the bonus demos, that may come as a shock to some. On disc 2 they fill in gaps: semi-pro tracks feature from their post 'Glowing In The Dark' period, rawer, stripped down versions of 'Aviation' and 'Decadance', plus covers of Brian Eno's 'Golden Hours' and John Cale's 'Endless Plain Of Fortune' executed with a head-first but finely controlled ambition. It's a remarkable overview of an often overlooked but essential segment of synth-wave history and highly recommended.