Pax Futura

Pax Futura

by Oliver Future


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Pax Futura

Despite the forward-looking title, Pax Futura is an old-fashioned song cycle, and the use of that phrase is a deliberate echo of Van Dyke Parks' 1968 debut album. Pax Futura doesn't sound a bit like Song Cycle, of course (what does?), but like Parks' record, this is an impressionistic suite comprised of songs that look at the city of Los Angeles (the formerly Texas-based band's adopted hometown) seen through the eyes of outsiders. Specifically, outsiders armed with a battery of excellent vintage keyboards, a grab bag of cool production tricks and a fearlessness about bleeding seemingly disparate musical styles together, so that the danceable Stereolab goes Latin-percussion-and-synth groove of "Signing Off" bangs up appealingly against the Edwyn Collins-like white boy soul of "Stranger Than the Stranger," with its mellow verses leading to a tightly wound, jittery chorus, and then both are trumped by the nervy new wave rock of "What Heart?" There's not a duff track here, and the endless invention and subtle detail on display keeps Pax Futura listenable across multiple hearings. This is a band to keep an eye on.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/24/2007
Label: Transit Of Venus
UPC: 0750078093922
catalogNumber: 706

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oliver Future   Primary Artist
Adam Lasus   Guitar
Tom Luer   Tenor Saxophone
Noah Lit   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Jesse Ingalls   Electric Bass,Keyboards,Upright Bass,Group Member
Gabriel Lit   Bass Clarinet,Wurlitzer
Josh Lit   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ,Vocals,fender rhodes,Optigan,Group Member
Jordan Richardson   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Glockenspiel,Group Member
Sam Raver   Guitar,Percussion,Group Member

Technical Credits

Adam Lasus   Producer,Engineer
Mike Garza   Artwork
Tom Luer   Horn Arrangements
Noah Lit   Composer
Oliver Future   Composer
Jesse Ingalls   Composer,drum programming
Gabriel Lit   Horn Arrangements
Josh Lit   Composer
Jordan Richardson   Composer,Engineer

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