Future Rock

Future Rock

by Strategy
     
 

Future Rock is a bold, but completely fitting, title for Paul Dickow's third Strategy album. Strategy's mix of dub, house, ambient, and dreamy pop (and whatever else Dickow sees fit to add) has always seemed at once timeless and ahead of its time, but here it's focused to perfection. As with Dickow's work in Nudge, Strategy's…  See more details below

Overview

Future Rock is a bold, but completely fitting, title for Paul Dickow's third Strategy album. Strategy's mix of dub, house, ambient, and dreamy pop (and whatever else Dickow sees fit to add) has always seemed at once timeless and ahead of its time, but here it's focused to perfection. As with Dickow's work in Nudge, Strategy's experiments sound even more purposeful and compelling when wedded to pop structures and hooks, albeit subtle and subverted ones, and Future Rock's highlights are its most accessible songs. "Can't Roll Back" kicks off the album with an impressive, yet playful, statement of purpose: big, dubby basslines and vocodered vocals provide the foundation for percussion, guitar licks, and warm keyboards that flit to and fro like a sonic mobile. "Stops Spinning" melds an oddly familiar, soulful melody with slow-motion grace and splashy reverb, while "Phantom Powered" contrasts ticking beats with an undulating melody that only fully reveals itself almost two-thirds of the way through. Fortunately, Dickow and company don't sacrifice any of Strategy's gift for fascinating textures for accessibility's sake. The album has so much depth that its pieces -- particularly interludes like "Sunfall" and "Windswept" -- feel more like sonic environments than mere tracks: the limpid, liquid "Running on Empty" is sleek yet intricate, building layer upon sparkling layer into a pool of sound. Beautiful and thought-provoking from start to finish, Future Rock is Strategy's finest work yet.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2007
Label:
Kranky
UPC:
0796441810826
catalogNumber:
108

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Strategy   Primary Artist
Paul Dickow   Organ,Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals,Various,Track Performer,Loops,Vocoder,Synthesizer Drums
Brian Foote   Guitar,Vocals
Borg Norum   Drums
Honey Owens   Vocals
Joshua Blanchard   E-bow

Technical Credits

Paul Dickow   Composer,Engineer,Field Recording,Software,Analog Processing,Reverb
Brian Foote   Source Material,Contribution
Borg Norum   Source Material,Contribution
Honey Owens   Source Material,Contribution
Joshua Blanchard   Source Material,Contribution
Joel Jackson   Source Material,Contribution

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