Saturday, June 2, 2007

FUTURE CONDITIONAL - We Don't Just Disappear (2007) (Piano Magic related)

Future Conditional has celebrated the late-‘70s/early-‘80s synth-pop experimentation of OMD, New Order and Kraftwerk

Electronic, Pop
Electro, Synth-pop

Mastered By - Mandy Parnell /Performer - Cedric Pin /Performer, Written-By - Glen Johnson/ Recorded By [Vocals] - Benoit De Villeneuve (tracks: 4) , Guy Fixsen (tracks: 5, 6, 8) , Ian Catt (tracks: 3, 7, 10) , Jerome Tcherneyan (tracks: 2) /Vocals - Angele David-Guillou (tracks: 2, 3, 6, 10) , Bobby Wratten (tracks: 3, 7, 10) , Glen Johnson (tracks: 5, 8) ,Melanie Pain (track 4)/Voice [Spoken Word] - Carolyn Allen (tracks: 7) /Vocals, Recorded By - Dan Matz (track 1)/Written-By - Cedric Pin (tracks: 1 to 8, 10)

Tracklist :

01 Bright Lights & Wandering (8:47)
02 Broken Robots (4:56)
03 We Don't Just Disappear (4:27)
04 The Switchboard Girl (4:53)
05 Substance Fear (6:41)
06 Crying's What You Need (4:54)
07 The Volunteer (4:17)
08 The Last Engineer (4:29)
09 Typos (4:29)
10 Your Love Leaves Me Colder (6:22)

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LTM is pleased to present the debut album by Future Conditional, the all-new electro-pop project from Piano Magic mainstays Glen Johnson and Cedric Pin.Drawing inspiration from classic analog synth-pop by the likes of New Order, Kraftwerk, OMD and Section 25, the album updates the retro-futurist mix with a stellar selection of guest vocalists, including Melanie Pain (Nouvelle Vague), Bobby Wratten (Field Mice/Trembling Blue Stars), Angele David-Guillou (Klima/Piano Magic), Carolyn Allen (The Wake) and Dan Matz (Windsor for the Derby). The 10-track album was produced by Glen and Cedric in 2006. Standout tracks include Switchboard Girl (sung by Melanie), Broken Robots (sung by Angele) and the title track, featuring Bobby."Future Conditional isn't just an exercise in nostalgia. We are, in some way paying homage to the groups we love and inspire us, but we're also experimenting with the glacial electro/human emotional interface. The future is a robot with a human heart." (Glen Johnson)

"There seems to be more than your usual amount of retro-fetishism going on at the moment, all you have to do is look at Ebay’s musical instruments section and see how rabid people are for vintage musical gear, almost no-matter whether it’s actually good or not. Future Conditional is a new project from Piano Magic fellers Glen Johnson and Cedric Pin and along with a whole host of friendly collaborators (Melanie Pain (Nouvelle Vague), Bobby Wratten (Field Mice/Trembling Blue Stars), Angele David-Guillou (Klima/Piano Magic), Carolyn Allen (The Wake) and Dan Matz (Windsor for the Derby)) they have managed to put together ten tracks of retroist pop goodness. The first thing you’ll notice is just how much they manage to nail the sound, as I mentioned there are no shortage of people making vintage electro right now, but very few of them actually manage to come off sounding convincing. Future Conditional however sound so darned authentic I wouldn’t have been surprised if someone said this was a lesser known album from 1982. Just check ‘Crying’s What You Need’ – the production is pure New Order (pure OMD to my mind -salty) and all the better for it, or the album’s closing opus ‘Your Love Leaves me Colder’, but far from being an exercise in merely style over content, Johnson and Pin actually manage to make their songs sound memorable and really rather sweet. It’s often forgotten that what was great about this era of production was the fact you’d be humming the songs for weeks afterward – there’s a reason why Blue Monday is the biggest selling 12” of all time and it’s not simply down to the production. Johnson and Pin may have cut their teeth making electronic shoegazing bliss but on ‘We Don’t Just Disappear’ they show also that they can transpose their songwriting skill into the world of electro-pop, and it works marvellously. Enjoyable retro electro fun, and that’s not something you’ll hear me say too often!"

"the intimate synth textures of future conditonal's debut can be really hypnotic. you're listening to their soft electropop and you find yourself being sucked in to the vortex of emotions. this is largely in part of the chilly but accessible vocals of the bit players. this includes guest vocals by melanie pain (nouvelle vague), bobby wratten (trembling blue stars), angele david-guillou (klima/piano magic) and dan matz (windsor for the derby). what attracted these people to lend their voices to this mix? probably belief in the material. while hardly groundbreaking, the music in this album is very beautiful. the synths are exquisitely layered and sound really warm, like beating hearts."

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Anonymous Muzikat said...

This sounds fantastic. Thanks so much for the upload. This'll keep me going all weekend. Cheers!

June 6, 2007 at 5:38 PM  
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