Futura Free’s Follow-Up “Reducer” a Delightfully Dark Departure
Futura Free is a project all about operating in extremes.
Where their 2019 debut album ‘Unreal’ was an honest and chipper concept album about love, self-fulfillment, and relaxation, ‘Reducer’ swings to the absolute opposite end of the spectrum. While equally as honest and ambitious, ‘Reducer’ shares no thematic resemblance to the former album; the optimistic attitude and romantic undertones are replaced with unhinged renditions of desperation, depression, and the ugliness that mental illness can wreak on the self. From its inception, the album was designed to be a complete 180 from ‘Unreal’, here you will find no references to being in love or finding joy and fulfilment from the self; that is completely intentional.
The narrative of ‘Reducer’ is the culmination of various lyrics written during the lowest points in lyricist Peter Luft’s life, distilled to their rawest form and amplified to an incredibly bleak level. In the same way that 2019’s ‘Unreal’ was a collage of Peter’s every positive emotion he was processing, ‘Reducer’ is a collage of every negative one. The result is a compelling, but harrowing experience. The album starts low, and Peter only sinks lower over the course of the track list as bad thoughts rear their ugly heads through the songwriting.
The narrative of ‘Reducer’ is the culmination of various lyrics written during the lowest points in lyricist Peter Luft’s life, distilled to their rawest form and amplified to an incredibly bleak level.
While still backed by their classic indie-dream-pop sound, Futura Free is sounding more jagged and experimental than ever. Peaceful chord progressions get interrupted by blasts of noise and reliable, catchy hooks are tinged with sinister and harsh experimental elements.
Listen to “Reducer” by Futura Free