Flight Facilities
Forever


3.5
great

Review

by Brendan Schroer CONTRIBUTOR (197 Reviews)
November 18th, 2021 | 12 replies


Release Date: 11/12/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Come vibe with me.

Prior to the release of their sophomore album Forever, Australian electronica duo Flight Facilities were already putting a heavy emphasis on the theme of “exploration”. In their own words:

"The best way to describe this album is a combination of where we've been, where we are, and where we're going. As true as it was from our first release, the foundations and glue for all our work has consistently been 'collaboration'. While our musical journey has always been an intentional exploration of multiple genres, our hearts and roots lie on the dance floor. We applied that same explorative ethos to this record, taking a concerted delve into the previously untouched niches and eras of dance. It's been a long time coming, and only the same time will tell if it was worth the wait."

That came from an interview with NME, and it served as a nice bit of hype for what was to come. After all, the duo’s debut Down to Earth was a pretty promising - if overlong - house-flavored affair that played around with the many possibilities and avenues of dance music. However, after my exploration (there’s that word again) of their newest record, I believe I’ve come to a greater understanding of what makes Flight Facilities’ sound as enjoyable as it is. For all of their output’s danceability and pulsing synths, there’s an undeniable chill factor that’s consistent in their music. It actually suits their album covers rather well; you don’t see anything flashy or wild going on in the cover art of Forever... just an unassuming plane lying amidst both greenery and desert.

True to the vibe, there’s an intriguing minimalism that defines many of these songs. It comes in different forms as the record progresses, be it the low thumping beat of opener “Lights Up”, the light jazzy keyboards that compliment Your Smith’s singing on “Heavy”, or the dreamy bed of synths that anchors the R&B balladry of “Altitude”. As with Down to Earth there are several features on the tracklist; however, they seem more appropriately and deliberately chosen this time around. The aforementioned “Lights Up” is a perfect fit for the low-key rapping of Channel Tres, whose delivery and lyrics bring out the kind of atmosphere you’d get in a seedy strip club after one too many drinks. “What I Want”, meanwhile, has an excellent performance from Broods, whose lead singer Georgia Nott compliments the airy keyboards and easygoing beat very well. Of course, this is all in the service of the mood and vibe the record provides; while the music might have been intended for the dancefloor, Forever could just as easily be played with headphones during a nighttime stroll around the city. There’s just something so strangely calming and relaxing about it despite its thumping beats and house elements.

If there’s any downside to all of this, it’s that the album might just be a bit too consistent. Eventually as the tracklist keeps going, the songs start to blur together and fade into the background. Perhaps Forever can be praised for being so uniform with its vision and style, but seeing as the duo were trying to make exploration the theme here, I can’t help but be disappointed at the lack of variety. The title track arrives at the middle of the set and features Broods - just as “What I Want” did” - and by this point in the tracklist, the whole thing just feels like a repeat of sounds we’ve already heard. Smooth synthesizer lines? Check. Light airy vocals? Check. A beat that sounds both urgent and chill at the same time? Check. Still, at least Forever isn’t as long as Down to Earth; the tracklist here is a lot more concise and pared-down, which makes listening to the record from front to back a hell of a lot easier. But then again, who really listens to an entire dance record in a single setting these days? The fun in listening to Forever, despite its faults, is that it’s a grab-bag of different moods, vibes, and vocal features. Leave your more critical faculties at the door, pick a song, and drift away to the music. If you can do that - and you don’t mind a little homogeneity in the songwriting - then you could do a lot worse than Forever.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 18th 2021


13138 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was between a 3 and a 3.5 for this one, but ultimately decided to be generous :]



Also, I'll be getting back to the ETID reviews soon. Just want to space my reviews out a bit, so I can have more time to digest their discog and collect my thoughts

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2021


16250 Comments


Lovely artwork. Like I said elsewhere - I'll be back to read in a bit.

Digging: Krallice - Crystalline Exhaustion

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 18th 2021


13138 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Take your time ;]



And yeah, I love the artwork tbh

Ebola
November 18th 2021


4251 Comments


gorgeous album art

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 18th 2021


13138 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^ Definitely. Love the contrasting scenery

Sharenge
November 18th 2021


1987 Comments


how did they land that plane right there and keep the whole thing intact?

amazing accomplishment

Digging: Helmet - Meantime

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2021


13138 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There was another pic of it done in a different angle as well: https://amnplify.com.au/flight-facilities-announce-sophomore-album-forever-share-new-single-forever-feat-broods/

brandontaylor
November 19th 2021


1136 Comments


all the singles for this were such milquetoast triple j-core uninspired dance music, which is a shame because i genuinely enjoyed their first few singles before their debut.

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2021


13138 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I see where you're coming from with that. It's definitely not the most groundbreaking album or anything, and gets pretty repetitive. I guess I just really enjoy the mood and atmosphere of the album; just so relaxing and casual, which makes it a good record to unwind to

Sharenge
November 19th 2021


1987 Comments


pretty much how I felt about Down to Earth I guess

Storm In A Teacup
November 19th 2021


36898 Comments


Am I supposed to be envisioning Frank Sinatra

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2021


13138 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If Frank was a DJ then sure 😎



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