A product of the ’80s, ‘Block To Block’ (1981) is the breakthrough and debut album by Norwegian/Polish new wave cult heroes De Press (Andrej Nebb, Ola Snortheim, and Jørn Christensen). Like its successor, ‘Product’, the album was produced by John Leckie and De Press. Both albums are now being re-released by Apollon Records on vinyl and CD.
What is it about these two records? They still sound like nothing else from the Norwegian music scene. Both albums were on par with anything from the wider world, and this in a time were international New Wave and Post-Punk classics were released on an almost weekly basis. They encapsulate the sound of an entire era and may mirror the contemporary zeitgeist of its time so brilliantly that we still see ourselves in them.
‘Block To Block’ is widely regarded to be one of the best ever rock albums by a Norwegian band. The 40th anniversary re-mastered edition will be available as a limited edition 500 on white and red vinyl.
‘Product’ (1982) was the sequel to ‘Block To Block’. Like its predecessor, ‘Product’ was produced by John Leckie and De Press.
If its predecessor was the party before the proverbial bomb goes off, their sophomore album ‘Product’ was the sound of the seconds leading up to the explosion. It sounds exciting and full of vitality—and fascinatingly dangerous. Like a Polish-Norwegian Joy Division from the underground of some forsaken city. Just listen to the intensity of songs like ‘The Fatal Day’, ‘Passages’, ‘In A Crowded Room’, and the title cut. The re-mastered edition will be available as a limited edition 500 on white and red vinyl.
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