- Audio CD (April 24, 2007)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Star Apple Kingdom
- ASIN: B000NQR7U2
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,834 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Future Clouds & Radar
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Double CD debut album originally released in 2007; Led by Robert Harrison (Cotton Mather), FS&D combined indie pop, psychedelic stylings reminicent of The Beatles and XTC and the brightness of Starlight Mints into a unique sound that earned them critical praise from the indie pressinistas
Robert Harrison, the creative force behind Future Clouds & Radar, set an ambitious goal for himself and his musical cohorts: to create a double album that sustained itself in every regard from beginning to end. Having suffered a serious spinal injury five years ago, he was confined to his bed for a couple of years as he slowly recovered. The 27 songs he brought to his band are not so much a portrait of a man on the mend as a look at the emotional and creative forces that whirl through an active mind in a still body. While the utter sprawl of pop smarts, riveting hooks, mesmerizing arrangements, and alluring lyrics bring forth comparisons to Robert Pollard, there's greater sonic variety (including judiciously deployed horns at crucial junctures) and painstakingly finessed production decisions. The songs call out for attention on first play; subsequent listens yield a world of subtle nuances and surprises. Harrison met his goal: file this next to the White Album. --David Greenberger
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On this disc, I hear waves of ELO, The Beatles, Elvis Costello, Blood Sweat & Tears, Smashing Pumpkins, and more. Of particular interest to me are the more "trippy" cuts that will take you back to the late 60s and early 70s, if you happen to be old enough to know what I mean. One reviewer's work (sorry, I can't remember where I read it) suggested that this album should be stored next to The White Album in your collection and I agree, but my copy is sitting near the CD player for quick and easy access. Thanks to Robert Harrison and all involved with the making of this disc.
An amazing work that beacons you back time and time again!
It's pretty audacious to put out a double album as a first release, but Harrison's a mature songwriter, so he's obviously got a backlog of great tunes. There are a few songs here that are as good as anything Cotton Mather ever put out, "Hurricane Judy" is a dense, catchy, guitar-driven tune; it's impossible not to call it Beatlesesque. "Get Your Boots On" is almost heavy, well, at least as heavy as this kind of thing gets. "Build Havana" is lovely, but in a totally different way. "Dr No" is a great tune with some of Harrison's cleverest lyrics yet. It reminds me of the fussier stuff on CM's "Cotton is King", sort of reminiscent of Squeeze. If "Back Seat Silver Jet Sighter" doesn't take off in quite the direction I'd hoped it would based on the first few notes, it certainly goes somewhere wonderful, ending up with horns and tubular bells chiming away.
In short, if you ever liked Cotton Mather, you should like Future Clouds a lot, though it's not quite as direct as that band's music. It takes a few listens to get into the tunes. "Drugstore Bust" for example, starts out very strangely. Harrison's developed a real love for the sound of Pro Tools, which lets musicians cut and paste sounds and collage them. "Drugstore" first minutes are fragile, shuddering and odd, the song eventually settles into something you'll be singing for days. (Even if you can't make sense of the abstract lyrics.)
There's only one or two outright bad numbers. "The Great Escape" is an upbeat song that just sounds both bland and dishonest--like an attempt at a "hit song". Like with every double-album ever, there's some tedious filler here, too. I'll be skipping over experimental things like "Cowboy Weather" and "Letters to Junius", thanks. But there's a lot less of that than you'd think for a double album, and Disc 2 is actually really strong right to the end, where you get the straight pop of "Altitude" followed by the Irish-sounding(?) "Christmas Day 1923" and the rocking closer "Safety Zone".
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