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Future Usses: The Existential Haunting

I wasn’t sure what to expect from a band called Future Usses. Don’t get me wrong; the name isn’t awful, but it is not your typical band name, at least not in the genres I typically enjoy. If they are from the future, then we’d better get ready because the music is still going to be heavy but it’s also going to be really trippy.

Future Usses is a trio made up of Sasha Dunable (Intronaut, Bereft), Derek Donley (Intronaut, Bereft), and Dan Wilburn (Torche). Together, these three musicians give listeners nearly 40 minutes of instrumental tracks that weave together sounds that are inviting, haunting, brooding, and powerful. Unlike other instrumental acts, Future Usses steers away from chopping away at one impressive-sounding musical passage after another. Instead, the band wants to discover what they can do when live guitar loops meet just enough structure to bring everything together. I suggest that the result is something quite successful. I really enjoyed the opening track “What is Anything” and also thought that “Apocalypse When Convenient” was terrific. It’s also a great title. The only track I didn’t like was “Make Flowers” because I found the sound of taped voices played backwards (or looped in some way) mostly off-putting. The instrumental stuff behind the voices was cool, but it also stopped and started in ways that gave the track a lurching rhythm. If, like me, you don’t like that track, keep listening because the band moves back to their more ethereal sound right away in the next track. Even though I enjoyed this album, I doubt I’ll ever know exactly what to expect from Future Usses�"and that’s a good thing. They are clearly figuring things out as they go, but they’ve given us a strong introduction to what lies ahead and I hope they’ll come back soon with some more music like this.

Track Listing:
1. What is Anything
2. Absolute Zero
3. Make Flowers
4. Heavenly Superperson
5. Apocalpyse When Convenient
6. The Existential Haunting

Added: October 1st 2018
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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