While the English Alan Shearer was still popping zits on his face at Wallsend Boys Club, French Alan Shearer was arranging evocative instrumental synthpop on his Sequential Pro-One. The pseudonym of Frédéric Viger, his 1985 debut album ‘Dark Is The Colour’ just brims with infectious lo-fi/new wave energy. ’Nocturnal March’ captures a rolling military beat punctuated with darting synth chords, while ‘Sons Of The Snake’ is a scintillatingly wibbly, Japan-like sound. A classic that needs a place in your collection. ILS

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