The group Ruth, for example, sold 50 copies of their debut album. Clearly their stuff was just never heard because “Polaroid-Roman-Photo,” included here complete with sound effects of a Polaroid spitting out instant pictures, sax augmenting the keyboards and flirty vocals, is irresistible.
You can peg everything here to a sound from the era that was successful. A Trois Dans Les WC’s “Contagion” bounces with an on-the-edge mania you’d expect from Thomas Dolby or the Talking Heads while TGV’s “Partie I” would fit easily into the Devo or Kraftwerk repertoire.
B.I.P.P.P.: French Synthwave 1979-1985 will be available Feb. 12.