Perfect Future
Perfect Future


3.5
great

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
July 16th, 2010 | 78 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Unashamedly empty

If you know anything about music, you’re aware that irony in band names isn’t the most novel concept. Yet, Perfect Future take the cliche to new heights on their self-titled 2009 emo album. Instead of looking to what lies ahead, Perfect Future display a distinct reverence for everything yesteryear. The midwestern emo sound, with its beautiful melodies, emotive lyrics, and almost talked vocal style, made a comeback for the ages in ’09. So, it’s no surprise that Perfect Future belong to none other than Count Your Lucky Stars Records, home of what could easily be considered the main source of this revival with throwback bands Empire! Empire!, Joie de Vivre, and Castevet. The album at hand complements these other releases well. Certainly not the biggest source of gusto, Perfect Future impresses on the other end of the spectrum. Quiet passages, little production to be found, and fairly sparse instrumentation make Perfect Future stand out among their contemporaries. The emo record astounds not with glorious, abundant melodies, but rather with the wherewithal of knowing exactly when to shut up.

Not that that’s a negative trait at all; in fact, it’s endearing and much harder to achieve than simply throwing all the noodles at the wall and seeing what sticks. On Perfect Future, it all sticks. Consistent in every sense of the word, be it “If We Dance” with its memorable spoken word sampling intro, “Roses & Roses & Roses” with its beautifully anthemic aesthetic, or the grandiose guitars on the closer, there’s more than enough fueling Perfect Future to propel it into anyone’s most-played category.

Of course there’s some impassioned jangly guitar work throughout, impassioned vocals, but to reiterate Perfect Future’s most outstanding aspect, there’s a certain beauty in the utter restraint exhibited so acutely. “If We Dance,” a few times, singles out instruments, elements, vocals, generating a surprisingly powerful experience considering the “empty” aura Perfect Future executes with such ease and sincerity. Dynamism isn’t Perfect Future’s strong point, but it’s strikingly obvious that this wasn’t the band’s intention at all. Add that to the unabashedly lovely vocals and you’ve got a recipe for some music that’s impossible not to forgive, to look past the little faults.

So take the band name with a grain of salt. Perfect Future haven’t set out to rewrite the book that American Football, The Promise Ring, and all those crybabies wrote a decade ago, but the band’s first full-length adds new life to the past; and ironically enough, it’s achieved by subtracting the excess, shaving off the fat, and carrying you away on a light cloud of earthy vocals and brilliantly executed sparse movements.



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SeaAnemone
July 17th 2010


20834 Comments


finally have some time to relax this weekend... gonna spend some of it going on a review spree if that's ok with you guys.

this records awesome, maybe even better than I give it credit for here. check it out.

DiceMan
July 17th 2010


7068 Comments


Idk how I feel about that sea, but this album cover is awful.

SeaAnemone
July 17th 2010


20834 Comments


idk, it's a very love/hate cover for me... I love the colors and tone, but the deerhead ruins it for me a little, as I'm assuming it does for you too

Slum
July 17th 2010


2579 Comments


Best album cover ever, review is great. possitypospospos

Calculate
July 17th 2010


1135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

FUCK-ING-YES

SeaAnemone
July 17th 2010


20834 Comments


thanks Slum!

and you've heard this I take it, Calculate? what'd you think?

Calculate
July 17th 2010


1135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's the bomb, liked it more than Summer Fences. Why are CYLS so awesome?

Calculate
July 17th 2010


1135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

2nd paragraph is so rad btw. pos.

SeaAnemone
July 17th 2010


20834 Comments


cool, so after this and my Emo Bible plus a break from Sputnik I've successfully erased my Emery review from your collective memory?


and great, definitely, Calc, but I can't imagine this topping Summer Fences... and that's in no way a detriment to this

Slum
July 17th 2010


2579 Comments


Cannot be unseen.


jk ilu

SeaAnemone
July 17th 2010


20834 Comments


yeah it is... and you'd really like this then 36Chambers

Enotron
July 17th 2010


7695 Comments


you're like the kingsoby of emo

SeaAnemone
July 17th 2010


20834 Comments


is that a good thing or bad thing? (@Eno)

and thanksssss chambered I livvvvvvve for pos' ; )

Enotron
July 17th 2010


7695 Comments


hey i had a silo yesterday

and yeah its a good enough thing, sobhi just writes about hip hop a ton and that's sort of his thing.

SeaAnemone
July 17th 2010


20834 Comments


just checked cuz I was curious... and 21 of my last like 75 or so are emo-ish... don't know if I have more emo or indie

Enotron
July 17th 2010


7695 Comments


yep. they were already on the database though.

SeaAnemone
July 17th 2010


20834 Comments


nah, haven't heard it yet... what's it like?

SlightlyEpic
July 17th 2010


5780 Comments


indie emo indie emo indie emo indie emo indie emo

SeaAnemone
July 17th 2010


20834 Comments


cool... I'm gonna write a few reviews today while I try to be as lazy as possible on my first free day in foreeeeever and I'll probably
get around to it



(listening, not reviewing, in case that was confusing)

Enotron
July 17th 2010


7695 Comments


instrumentally they sort of sound like american football, though the vocals are shouted. very melodic, deep lyrics, things of that nature. have played live with prawn, merchant ships, suis la lune.

http://www.myspace.com/acresbandnj



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