Future Conditional \ We Don't Just Disappear [LTMCD 2478]
Future Conditional is an electro-pop project from Piano Magic mainstays Glen Johnson and Cedric Pin.
Drawing inspiration from classic analog synth-pop by the likes of New Order, Kraftwerk, OMD and Section 25, the album updates the retro-futurist mix with a stellar selection of guest vocalists, including Melanie Pain (Nouvelle Vague), Bobby Wratten (Field Mice/Trembling Blue Stars), Angele David-Guillou (Klima/Piano Magic), Carolyn Allen (The Wake) and Dan Matz (Windsor for the Derby). The 10-track album was produced by Glen and Cedric in 2006. Standout tracks include Switchboard Girl (sung by Melanie), Broken Robots (sung by Angele) and the title track, featuring Bobby.
"Future Conditional isn't just an exercise in nostalgia. We are, in some way paying homage to the groups we love and inspire us, but we're also experimenting with the glacial electro/human emotional interface. The future is a robot with a human heart" (Glen Johnson)
1. Bright Lights and Wandering
2. Broken Robots
3. We Don't Just Disappear
4. The Switchboard Girl
5. Substance Fear
6. Crying's What You Need
7. The Volunteer
8. The Last Engineer
10. Your Love Leaves Me Colder
Please note that this CD is currently deleted, so the album is available on download only.
"One of the most beautiful electropop records in a long time" (Magic, 05/2007)
"Very few of those making vintage electro right now actually manage to come off sounding convincing, but Future Conditional nail the sound. Far from being an exercise in style over content, Johnson and Pin have written songs that sound memorable and really rather sweet. Enjoyable retro electro fun that works marvellously" (Boomkat, 03/2007)
"Sombre, analogue equilibrium - a vision of a future inhabited by emotive machines, somewhere between 'future conditional' and 'future anterior'. The multiplicity of guest vocalists sound completely at home" (Autres Directions, 5/2007)
"Glen Johnson's usual band of collaborators are joined by an exceptional array of guest vocalists for this new venture into techno-pop and glitch electronica. Accessible, danceable, and only sometimes melancholic (Mondo Sonoro, 05/2007)
"Another fine album. Not really a huge departure from the Piano Magic sound, and Johnson and Co can always be relied upon to deliver" (Leonard's Lair, 06/2007)
"Points a curious but sympathetic nose towards a previous electronic age, providing often minimalist, melancholic music and droll references, often reminiscent of Kraftwerk, New Order, Orbital, Royksopp and even The Smiths. The album features a raft of guest vocalists, and collaborations seldom work as well as this" (PopNews, 06/2007)