Future Perfect

The Nature of Time

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Future Perfect's second album, The Nature of Time, is perplexing for the wrong reasons. This is a collective of electronica artists, a group of people with very diverse backgrounds. The fact that the album was released on Innova Recordings, that this particular "work" was commissioned by the Sonic Circuits International Festival, and that the group had been performing in museums and art galleries should have announced experimental music ahead. That's not the case. Granted, The Nature of Time covers a wide range of electronica, from drum'n'bass to glitch, from ambient to experimental; still, most of the music rehashes old ideas and sounds (gulp!) commercial. What can be said about Christian Erickson's "Boxer," a nine-minute rendition of Paul Simon's most annoying refrain, except that Fatboy Slim could have done the same? And what about curator/Zaftig member Chris Strouth's rants on the nature of time and the advent of cuckoo clocks? Once again, the idea is not new. There are interesting moments though, like Infengal Decrapulation's Neotropic-like "The Radar Threat." It may be disguised as a cutting-edge modern electronica conceptual project, but this CD barely ranks above your average risk-free electronica label sampler.

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