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Boomkat Product Review:
Recorded between 1968 and 1969 Bruce Haack's The Electric Lucifer stands as one of electronic pop music's pioneering works.
You might see the album as an American equivalent of something like the White Noise album, but while Derbyshire, Hodgson and co. were experimenting with homemade contraptions and concrète tape splicing Haack was wiring up his DIY analogue synths, making this psychedelic concept album masterpiece.
There's a definite parallel between the career and creative life of Bruce Haack and his Radiophonic contemporaries across the Atlantic. Both had a background in making experimental music for film and television, only to innovate and break boundaries in the process. In that respect, Raymond Scott (with whom Haack later worked) is another artist you might determine to be a kindred spirit, but the music on Electric Lucifer is far more song-based and feels a good deal less scientific than Scott's experiments.
For this album, Haack's odd vision of songwriting is rooted in a strangely spiritual - even visionary strand of futuristic pyschedelia, basing the whole of this album on Lucifer's descent from Heaven into Hell. Imagine John Milton wielding a Moog and you're in the right sort of territory.