Astronauts of Antiquity – Future Back
Lush and luxurious, Astronauts of Antiquity’s “Future Back” is the sound of celebration. Downright decadent with its late night style the song possesses an infectious driving rhythm. Vocals feels positively perfect as they positively ooze with confidence. Effortlessly tying a variety of styles together ranging from electro to jazz to dance the song teems with energy. The lyrics focus on a hope for peace. Much of the song emphasizes a desire for a better, more fulfilling world one that is able to resolve the problems that hold so many back.
Setting the tone is a robotic voice which helps to establish the oftentimes playful nature of the piece. With a flexible groove leading the way the song gets started quite quickly. Layer upon layer of sound come together in an ornate tapestry. Her silky voice adds to the song’s tasteful work. Various flourishes float in and out of the mix, from hyperactive synthesizer swells to glistening guitar work. As the piece slowly unfurls Astronauts of Antiquity touch upon a rather unique take on funk, as the song simply builds itself up into a beautiful cascade of sound. For the song’s finale everything comes together ever so wonderfully, as the breakdown and the buildup show off their nimble approach to sound. By the very end a sense of community takes hold as the vocals take front and center stage in a kaleidoscopic swirl of sound.
Astronauts of Antiquity’s “Future Back” offers a critique of the present while looking towards a better future.