toe
The Future Is Now


4.5
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Review

by BLUEOmni USER (2 Reviews)
June 21st, 2012 | 19 replies | 4,886 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The future is here.

1 of 2 thought this review was well written

Throughout their career, toe has crafted a technique unlike anyone else, with each release displaying a distinctive passion led by intricate instrumentals and heartfelt enthusiasm. Each release does follow that same algorithmic trail math-rock is famous for, but the band's sound, in that same respect, continues to broach into new territory, further refining their already powerful approach. The Book About My Idle... comprised of toe's continued experimentation with math-rock -- the strings, polyrhythmic, and the drumming complex. And as we entered into toe's next chapter, For Long Tomorrow, we were finally able to hear the band find their niche with this sound. Unlike their previous LP, For Long Tomorrow displayed some of toe's most passionate grooves and cohesive guitar work. The drums were as powerful as ever and the music itself glowed as the energy was unlike anything else. The Future Is Now in a way advents the future of toe, swelled with the passion For Long Tomorrow possessed and bursting with the potential The Book About My Idle... exhibited. They're just as powerful as you hoped and are continuing to bloom into the only real icon post-math-rock has. With this EP, we can already foresee toe's next LP and the power it will possess.

Although toe carries many characteristics of post-rock, they lack the usual formula of crescendo and explosion. toe doesn't depend on buildups and the crashing of wave after wave. More like a calm sea in this respect, toe utilizes intricate guitar work and complex drumming. Run for Word opens up in this exact way. Weaved together are the strings of the guitars being plucked in cohesive union, and the drumming and bass acting as the backing beat for these two. Unlike many of toe's other songs, the drumming, while beautifully played, is not the highlight nor the central piece in this track; no, the guitars are. This style works exceedingly well as an opener for the album's next and perhaps best track, Tsuki Kake. The voices of both male and female can be heard here and act as guest vocals, something toe is often known to incorporate into their releases. The beat and groove is reminiscent of r&b, and it's here the listener is able to sample what's in store in toe's upcoming release(s) -- with a sort of combination between math-rock, post-rock, and a calm silhouette of r&b detected in the background.

I've noticed in many indie bands the presence of introducing two themes and the subsequent combination of the two; and toe's third track, Ordinary Days, does just that. The intricacy and rhythm heard on Run for Word can be heard here, and the genre-fusing of the second track cameos as the conclusion, creating an interesting end result. Curtaining the album and single of the four is -- you guessed it: The Future is Now. And with this, you're left vying for the future toe has setup for you, or rather, the curiosity toe has invoked within you for the future they're writing. Many of toe's songs are identifiable through the variety of sounds and instruments used; lest we forget their extensive usage of Rhodes Piano heard in For Long Tomorrow. toe adorned this release with their expected unique incorporation of peculiar yet essential instrumentals, and at the same time, allowed for a foretelling of their future and their sound's evolution.


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BLUEOmni
June 21st 2012



682 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

One thing to note: For some reason Sputnikmusic didn't accept my em-dashes, so I had to use the
alternative two-hyphens (which is acceptable in the professional world). I say "for some reason"
because I've seen it used elsewhere on this site.

This is, like, my second review ever, so if anyone has any feedback for me to improve upon next time,
please do share :]

And on that note, I'm a little frustrated with how Vampires Everywhere! received a ton of
acknowledgement for their newest release, with people already rating it here before it was even
released, and yet these guys have gotten nothing. I'm the only one to rate this album...

taylormemer
June 21st 2012



4913 Comments


There is an actual HTML code for the em dash.

BLUEOmni
June 21st 2012



682 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I'm not aware of it, then. I use unicode: alt + 0151.

taylormemer
June 21st 2012



4913 Comments


Surprising that you don't know the HTML code for an em dash. I mean, you, of all people.

BLUEOmni
June 21st 2012



682 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

What are you implying? It's not that big of an issue, though. The two hyphens are a perfectly fine
alternative to the em-dash.

taylormemer
June 21st 2012



4913 Comments


I guess you could say that I'm implying that you should know it.

And yeah. There's stuff in here that needs attention. Like passion x 2 in the opening line, and first sentence of the final paragraph is a train wreck.

Don't use "it'll" either.

Just out of curiosity, is English your first language?

BLUEOmni
June 21st 2012



682 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I realize you're going to act smug about it considering me and Dev's history (just a heads up, but my quarrel with Dev wasn't serious), but nonetheless, thank you for the feedback.

Gyromania
June 21st 2012



15165 Comments


lol Sputnik drama

BLUEOmni
June 21st 2012



682 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Gyro, check these guys out :]

Manic_
June 21st 2012



447 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

need to pick this up, its good to see toe back in action

cryMore
June 22nd 2012



469 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

first I've heard of them, love it

jdennis31
June 22nd 2012



6511 Comments


thanks a lot man, had no idea this was released. you know where i can hear it?

jdennis31
June 22nd 2012



6511 Comments


nvm, was on youtube. great album. title track was my fav

cryMore
June 26th 2012



469 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

been jammin' this hard, needs more listeners

BigSimo
July 21st 2012



159 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great EP. Tracks 2+3 are my faves, but the other two songs are solid. Hoping for a full length soon...

CaptainDooRight
July 30th 2012



28297 Comments


this sounds pretty good

Digging: IQ - The Road of Bones

treeqt.
August 11th 2012



8932 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just listening to this, it's amazing so far.

zxlkho
January 31st 2013



3460 Comments


I can't get over how good this live performance is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ampd2ABKVr0

leviegalapon
July 17th 2014



10 Comments


Nice review, it was good enough for me to actually want to get it, pos'd



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