Fire Note Says: A promising debut from Brooklyn dream poppers, Future of What!
I love eps, a well done ep can be the perfect introduction to a band. Roomrunner’s recent Super Vague is a perfect example, and now I can add the Future Of What’s Moonstruck to the list of exciting eps of 2012.
Future Of What formed barely 6 months ago after singer Blair met Sam Axelrod at a party. Blair had been playing shows with drummer Seth Waldstein, and Sam brought along his friend Max Kotelchuck, and a band was born! Recording must have started very soon as the Moonstruck ep was done in March, and is now officially out and available for download on Bandcamp.
Clocking in at roughly 13 minutes, and offering 4 songs, Moonstruck is long enough to catch your ear and stick with you, but short enough to leave you wanting more. It also makes it easy to hit repeat at the end, so that you can do it all over again. The tracks are electronic based (keyboards, drum beats, no guitars) but this isn’t electronic music. The music lays a foundation for Blair’s vocals to float over top of. They sound more dream pop to my ears with electronic elements (similar to Beach House if you need a band to compare them to). All four songs are quite good, but the two standouts to my ears are the first and last song, “Back To The City “and “Party In Heaven”.
Future Of What are reportedly hard at work on a new lp that will cover more ground sonically than Moonstruck does. It will be interesting to see exactly what they can come up with. Keep an eye out for the full length hopefully out by the end of the year, but until then, go check out Moonstruck!
Key Tracks: "Back To The City", "Party In Heaven"
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-Reviewed by Kevin Poindexter