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FUTURE DAYS

Can

 

Krautrock

4.00 | 367 ratings

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DisgruntledPorcupine
5 stars Mmmmm

It's ambient. It's funky. It's fun. It's weird. It's Future Days. It's pretty hard to describe this album. It manages to be relaxing, yet funky at the same time. There are only 4 tracks on this album, all of them great, and have some sort of charm to them.

A description of the music: The album begins with the title track, which carries the same drum beat for nearly the entire song and his a perfect mixture of funkyness and ambience. It's repetitive, yet very compelling at the same time. Damo Suzuki provides some catchy vocals in this tune. "Spray" contains quite an interesting improvisation that takes up most of the track. The drumming is superb and this may just be one of their best tracks. "Moonshake" is a short pop, catchy pop song and is incredibly funky. Difficult to resist tapping your foot to. The final song which takes up all of side two comes next. It is titles "Bel Air" and is a 20 minute epic. I actually wouldn't call it an epic as it doesn't carry the feel of one. It's more like 20 minutes of ambience and funkyness rolled up into one charming package. This song really never loses it's magic and is fresh every time you listen to it. It's really easy to get lost in this song.

PROS:

Vocals: Damo has some pretty... interesting vocals. For those who haven't heard Can, he is almost absolutely incomprehensible. He sounds like a man who is trying to sing along with a song but doesn't know the words. However, this really provides entertainment, and not in a negative "Haha this guy can't sing the song!" way. More like a "Wow, this is different!" way. He's a very compelling vocalist.

Drumming: The drumming in this album ranges from catchy in tracks like the title track and "Moonshake" to entertaining crazyness like in "Spray". Liebezeit also really knows how to use his drum as an instrument to go along with the others rather than just something to beat on.

Ambience and funkyness: These guys manage to take two opposite elements in ambience and funkyness yet blend them together in perfect harmony. It's really something special.

CONS:

Boring at times: Now personally this does not apply to me, but to most new listeners this will just seem like a bunch of guys with instruments playing stuff and not sound all that musical. This album definitely takes digesting, but once you digest it you may see things my way.

Song ratings: Future Days: 9.5/10 Spray: 10/10 Moonshake. 7/10 Bel Air: 10/10

DisgruntledPorcupine | 5/5 |

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