The Magnetics - A Historical Glimpse Of The Future Actions LP
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Strange Disc Records proudly presents the first ever vinyl reissue of a landmark Icelandic minimal Synth album: The Magnetics' A Historical Glimpse Of The Future (1981).
The Magnetics, a group consisting of Jakob Magnússon and Alan Howarth, are an intriguing international & iconic duo. Before they joined forces, keyboard player Magnússon was an Icelander who already had an impressive jazz resume, while Howarth was making a name for himself as a Hollywood composer – in 1981, the same year that A Historical Glimpse of the Future was released, he also was involved in the soundtracks for two hit John Carpenter movies, Escape from New York and Halloween II.
Throughout the fantastic A Historical Glimpse of the Future album you can hear the soundscapes people came to associate with the 1980s films scored by Carpenter/Howarth. This is an album full of dark and moody material, but with a strange twist, as you can hear on the synth cover of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” & the old-timey cabaret-styled “I’m Getting Married Today”, two truly bizarre pieces that doesn’t seem to fit at all… and somehow, by sticking out, actually feel right at home on A Historical Glimpse of the Future.
1. The Lion Sleeps Tonight
3. Shangahai Stripper
4. Porlaksson Og Noromann
5. Silicone Valley
8. Isfeld I Rio
9. I’m Getting Married Today
10. Horku Flykki