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Future Future Future Perfect

Rating: 9/10 ?

October 24, 2007
There is something inherently satisfying in following a band from humble beginnings, with self-promoted and self-released albums, to the peak of their careers; getting signed, improving their sound, destroying hotel rooms, et cetera. For me one such satisfying outfit is Freezepop, the Boston-area indie synthwavers comprised of of Liz Enthusiasm, Kasson Crooker (a.k.a., the Duke of Pannekoeken, the Duke of Belgian Waffles, the Duke of Candied Apples), and the Other Sean T. Drinkwater (a.k.a. the "Original" Sean T. Drinkwater).

After releasing two albums on their own, the female-fronted trio have now jumped aboard the Cordless Recordings/Rykodisc ship for their latest, the insistently-titled Future Future Future Perfect, an album in which it is easy to hear that the band's eight years of independent struggle paid off. The record's fingerprint is still that of Freezepop, and it echoes their earlier albums (especially their debut, Freezepop Forever), but the sound has however undergone a well-deserved update.

And by sound I mean synthpop. As the band itself recounts in the liner notes for Future Future Future Perfect, "No real instruments were used in the making of this recording," and I just want to to tell the band that I appreciate the sentiment. The songs ARE synth pop songs, and nothing else. Had "real" instruments been used, the whole work would have been at risk of impaling itself on its own razor sharp lines, but as it is now Future Perfect sounds nothing but awesome. "Frontload" is one of the standout tracks, a slow, slightly menacing number that gradually builds momentum steadily, providing quite a ride. And by ride I mean the enjoyment of hearing electronic instruments put to full use rather than simply put through the motions.

While not the outright strongest number, "Thought Balloon" is however my personal favorite; it's a cute, bubbly synth pop ballad, where vocalist Liz Enthusiasm's voice, emotional, yet a tad detached, in that perfect frosty synthesizer band kind of way, is given plenty of room to shine.

Having laid the groundwork on their own, Freezepop are now riding on their own wave. They're riding it for themselves and for the people who love electronic music, and they're doing it with tight, vicious songs that are all properly toned. Future Future Future Perfect was produced by the Duke of Pannekoeken, and my guess is that after the Freezepop wave crests, he'll be entertaining a lot of job offerings. Pannekoeken knows what he's doing, and his sense for style is undeniable.

I'm glad for Freezepop. More so, I'm glad for myself, for getting to listen to yet another great Freezepop release, and this, my friends, is the best one so far, easily an effort worth considering for Best of 2007 honours.

Reviewed by Daniel Svanberg
A contributing writer for LAS, Daniel Svanberg now lives in Boston, far far away from Sweden, where he once lived, although the weather is the same.

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