Release 28. October (Tambourhinoceros)
From Copenhagen we bring you 4 Guys From The Future, and what could be one of the more interesting Danish releases this year!
Back in 2010, these four guys released their debut album ‘Under The New Morning Sun’, an album that reflected the search for existential foothold, an album that brought them airplay on the danish radio stations, and concerts at Roskilde Festival, SPOT Festival and a lot of Danish and French venues. They are now back with a new album, packed with ambitious and well sounding songs, destined to bring out feelings. The songs have already been tested live, during a tour as support for Choir of Young Believers.
The word ‘adagio’ is italian for ‘at ease’, and that sort of says a lot about this album. The tempo has been turned down, with solid beats and production, this album has it’s focus on an romantic and intensity seeking state of mind through the well though out lyrics.
The opening song, You don’t know what you’re doing, takes the listener through a personal story about anxiety, doubt and about not being able to think your way out of repetition. About personal and cultural depression, and feeling like you’re not able to contribute change. A really great opening track, and a fantastic song for the rainy days. Nothing To Say, the next song on the album, is a bit more uptempo, especially during the chorus, and it’s really a radio friendly number. This song is about considering what you’re doing in the present world, and at the same time it holds a surrender to the coherence of this world. Probably best described as a schizophrenic universe.
B.T.G.T.K No Poem is quite a special song. Really well produced, with a lot of beautiful synth, and this one (!) verse being repeated a couple of times during the song, with no chorus. A special song, in a really good way. And now on to something completely different – Skin On Fire. An 80’s inspired song about women, actually it’s about two women that frontman Bjarke Porsmose has been quite captivated by. It’s about being a slave of love, slave of incredible beauty, and things not being quite as you thought.
‘Adagio’ has it’s most aggressive moment on the song Corruption, where the listener is blown away by noise, to put it mild. It’s really not that easy listening at some points during the song, but if you focus, this song really has a story to be tell. The story about the modern, amoral man and his self-image. And you can easily imagine the 4 guys standing with raised fingers, looking at this man.
The contradiction to this song comes on the next song, No Morning Comes. We’re back to the idyllic view on love, and this time with hope for the future. We’re back to the slow, well produced track, back to this atmosphere that makes you listen and try to understand the wise words from Bjarke Porsmose.
This album has it’s lyrical ending with Signposts, written back in 2007 at the old DDR radio station in Lichtenberg, Berlin, while rehearsing and working with Lily Electric. This was actually an attempt on writing a John Lennon track, but according to Bjarke Porsmose it ended up as Syd Barret track. In my opinion, there’s John Lennon inspirations to be heard in this song. The last track on this album is End of the Future, an instrumental track as on their debut album. The reason is found in Bjarke’s idea that the listener has probably forgotten the first track, and this gives you a chance of calming down after listening to the entire album. The title means that you never know if this is the last record, either way it’s the end of the future, which was the time of this album, and which is soon to be the past.
After being through this album a couple of times, i can honestly say that i’m a fan. The changing feelings and themes, the well sounding beats, the beautiful lyrics and fantastic vocal combined equals a brilliant album. I really can tell you what it needs to score a 5/5, but i’m rewarding it with a 4.5/5 and a very well done remark.