Future Tense – Tomorrow Syndicate

One of the few downsides of loving Krautrock is the fact that there’s only a limited amount of it.  Sure, there are bands on the fringes of the scene to be picked up once you’ve obsessed over all those albums by Can, Kraftwerk, Faust and the rest of the big names, but they tend either to be not all that good or only have a single LP to their name.  So it’s great that labels like Polytechnic Youth continue to release modern music which so beautifully fills that painful void where new kosmische music should be.

With shades of early Neu! , Future Tense is an electronic trip into space, full of retro sounding keyboard hooks and floating Spiritualised style vocals but with enough of a voice of its own to make the sound fresh, even to my elderly ears.

And they’re Scottish too, for extra brownie points!

If you only listen to one track, listen to this

https://tomorrowsyndicate.bandcamp.com/album/future-tense

(only digital left on Bandcamp, but there are 300 vinyl copies out there somewhere)

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The Volga Sturgeon Face E.P. – Nathan Hall and the Sinister Locals

Nathan Hall claims to create music which ‘mixes psychedelia with baroque touches’ and that’s as good a description of this debut EP from the Soft Hearted Scientists front man’s other band as any.

Beginning with the pop psych of ‘Everybody’s Burning Effigies’, a wonderfully upbeat XTC-like slice of 60s tinged loveliness, the EP slides gracefully into the more musically mellow ‘Song for the Flowers’.  ‘Like a Setting Sun’ adds some orchestration and has a bit of a Peter Gabriel feel to it, before the record comes to an end with ‘Catacombs of Camden Town’, back in XTC (and Genesis) territory.

It’s a short listen, but a rewarding one, and the ideal way to discover whether you like Hall’s work (or are wrong, and don’t!)

If you only listen to one track, listen to this

https://nathanhallandthesinisterlocals.bandcamp.com/album/the-volga-sturgeon-face-e-p

(digital only)

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