By Michael Grondin
If Vampire Weekend and some ‘60s pop rock band had a millennial-indie-goth baby who got really into vapourwave just last week, Future States would likely be that kid.
Casual Listener, the first full-length from this Montreal psych pop five-piece, was recorded in a church in northern Quebec over a two-week period last year.
Future States dare to explore new ideas, evident within their rich, yet alien arrangements. One moment we have a melancholy indie folk song with nothing but whispery vocals, whistling and acoustic guitar, the next we have chilled out, ambient electro.
“Melody” is truly the focal point of the nine song album. It’s a cool breeze of a listen, created by layer upon layer of ‘60s-esque, warped-tape guitars. It features surfy, indie rock hooks, and warm synth textures all laid on top of unpredictable percussion, a combination of live drums, drum machines and sampled breaks.
Each song flows gently into the next, complimented by moments of hazy drones formed from obscure samples — what sounds like dial-up internet noise, effects from random video games, whistling birds, crashing waves, pitch shifted vocal patterns and lifted music pieces that are chopped and re-sewn.
It’s apparent the young band put a lot of detail into the production, resulting in a quirky, laid back album that lightly touches roots of experimentation.Casual Listener, Future States