No Songs Tomorrow

New Musical Express, 21.4.1984

No Songs Tomorrow (Flowmotion)

SOME PEOPLE want to fill the world with manic synth experimentation ... John White is one of these people, John White, as his press-release says, is U.V. PP, and No Songs Tomorrow is yet another endearingly simple garage-synth album, yet another record influenced by early Cabaret Voltaire and all those people in greatcoats who used to live in the North of England and make grainy videos. Side two of this album subscribes most clearly to those roots; tracks like Sleep Dont Talk and Arcade Fun are as similar to the first three Cabs singles as chips are to French fried potatoes. Other tracks on side two remind of PiL circa Metal Box, but the real appeal of these tracks is the home-made sparseness of a man and his Revox. A piece like Commitment - basically a few instruments being ominous behind a tape of an American salesman in full lecturousness - works because it lacks the best in modern studio technology; give anything 24 tracks and it no longer sound weird, give it four and it could be an unsolved mystery.
Side one is less interesting - a collection of rolling acoustic guitar riffs and moany old vocals, reminiscent of Space Oddity and The Cures 17 Seconds simultaneously. If the second side of No Songs Tomorrow was an EP, it would be a fair old chunk of industrial fun.

David Quantick