Rating – 3/5
Noprism, the synthwave four piece from Newcastle take us back to the heady days of Duran Duran and Human League with aplomb.
The vocals lack the saturated darkness of soul of Ian Curtis and the track definitely carries a lighter feel, rather than a dour industrial dirge. The vocals are suitably robotic in the most fitting kind of way and espouse the freedoms of the human spirit being in stark contrast with the society of order and compliance.
Depeche Mode is the modus operandi (I’m sorry I couldn’t resist) of the opening third of the track and it almost risks veering into the category of being an adequate copy of a superior original. The remaining two thirds are a complete game changer. The synths and distorted guitars rip into the soundscape and the transformation into the true groove of the group becomes obviously apparent. It channels a far more New Order sound that manages to anchor itself quite happily with one foot in the here and now and the other in it’s eighties roots. Lyrically the message is one of unity, avoiding boxing oneself in and this can be taken literally in terms of coming out of the loneliness of lockdown and metaphorically in terms of taking on the political ideologies that have gripped the world in the same period. But don’t just take my word for it, Andrew Young of NOPRISM explains further of the track: “We wanted to make a head-rush of a song that would have a great intensity when we finally get to play live, filled with the sounds of 303 and the piano synonymous with house music… Lyrically, it’s more-or-less about the attitudes of Brexit Britain and the ability of the press and politicians to repeat their agenda enough times until it becomes true. Exploring the illusory truth effect common with politics. Donald Trump, for example, was pretty fond of the technique.”
I can’t believe I’m about to say this but Noprism have their first ever live gig coming up on the 10th of July so happily they appear to be on the up. Well worth checking out and their stuff is available from wherever you stream your music.
Review by Jim Clinch