Future Loves Past: Mercury and Saturn Double Single

Future Loves Past have definitely been one of the more fascinating bands to watch evolve over the last two years of their official existence. They have also been a band whose recent decisions and new directions have been more surprising than ever. Here is a band who essentially had an entire albums worth of songs that would drive a crowd absolutely insane for more than an hour at every gig they played. Granted four of these songs were already released on their debut EP, but still they had added enough like-minded songs  to their repertoire (“Seekers” for instance) that it seemed as though their entire set would serve them well in the studio for their full-length debut album. Is that what they do? Not a chance. Murmurings of newer, stranger songs, songs fitting into a concept that were very nearly unrelated to what had gone before were mentioned as early as this past summer. Demos were sent to me in the middle of the night, songs that transcended their previous material. Then suddenly they announced, not long after winning a successful Kickstarter campaign that they would be releasing a concept album with completely new songs entitled Our Solar System, about our little neck of the cosmic woods. Consisting of at least 12 tracks, with the only previously heard track being “Earth” from their debut EP, the task seemed arduous as they would move from the Sun ever outward toward Pluto. Two weeks ago, KWSS 106.7 were given exclusive rights to broadcast the twin A-Sided single of the songs “Mercury” and “Saturn”, a full week before the band would release them on Bandcamp for streaming to everyone’s enjoyment. Immediately, people were drawn into this project on the merits of these two songs alone. Last Saturday, Future Loves Past held a single release party for these songs at the Rogue Bar in Scottsdale, supported by Some Magic Animal, Avery and All My Friends. These two songs were definitely worth their own party. Nicknamed “The Serpent & The Owl” this double single has FLP departing 2012 on a high note with a ton to look forward to in 2013 (seriously, just hearing the demos of the 9 other tracks involved has blown my mind).  

Mercury (Coils Of The Snake With The Silver Tongue) (Serpent)

I am not sure any other band could ever have come up with such a funky, 70s sound laden hip jam about the planet Mercury, but Future Loves Past delivers this little number in fine style and creates a groove that cannot be denied. The planet named after the Roman messenger for the Gods has inspired something completely brilliant here, that starts off as though the year was 1976 and three-quarters of the way in transits into a revolving psychedelic vocal, space number that pays great homage to our smallest, hottest planet. Certainly one of the catchiest numbers on the album, though to my ears Our Solar System is filled with hooks and single potential from end to end, the song also happens to be astronomically correct, whether it’s from frequent mention of its 88 day orbit around the sun or the cycle in which it appears to go retrograde (“You’ll just have to sit and wait this one out”). Somehow, they’ve made a song that can appeal to those who enjoy Astronomical fact and Astrological musings alike. While the implications and metaphors are quite deep on many levels, the song simply fucking jams beyond all understanding, with celestial vocal harmonies and rounds throughout, this is Future Loves Past seeking complete intellectual, musical and lyric  perferction and precision. An amazing song that has only seen the light of night at shows for the last four weeks and soon will be a crowd favorite, if it hasn’t reached that status already.

“Mercury”

Now you’re movin’ away
Its all fallin’ apart here
Everything is comin’ apart
Now you’re movin away
Now you’re movin (Away)

Everything is comin’ apart (don’t lose)
Don’t lose sight

Now I cant see the truth (no more truth in any situation)
Now
I cant go in any right direction (no more truth in any situation)

(Cant have all 88 days baby movin in your movin in your
Direction)

You’re pullin’ me down
And Im bringin’ them all with me
You’ll just have to sit and wait this one out
35 (days)

Now you’re movin away
Its all fallin apart here
Everything is comin apart
Now you’re movin away
Now you’re movin (Away)

Everything is comin’ apart (don’t lose)
Don’t lose sight

Now I can’t see the truth (no more truth in any situation)
Now
I can’t go in any right direction (no more truth in any situation)
Can’t find the way out!

(Cant have all 88 days baby movin in your movin in your
Direction)
Someday I’ll be free I’ll be free from your strangle hold over me

You’re pullin’ me down
And Im bringin’ them all with me
You’ll just have to sit and wait this one out
35 (days)

It will come back again, you’ve got to wait it out
It will come back but it will only turn and go
And this is all sure to happen again such a terrible thing

(Cant have all 88 days baby movin’ in your movin’ in your
Direction)

And this is all sure to happen again such a terrible thing

(Cant have all 88 days baby movin’ in your movin’ in your
Direction)

Saturn (Don’t Test Fate, Baby…Don’t) (Owl)

In the lore of astrology, Saturn often is known as the “Greater Malefic” a heavenly body, that  when it is in your sign, can mean some strict judgement to face and not unlike Mecury’s bizarre retrograde behavior is said to cause misfortune, fear and polarity against all that is positive. As important to the ancient art of Alchemy as Mercury, much woe has been bestowed upon the might ringed planet for many ages. It is also the planet furthest from Earth that can be seen with the naked eye and perhaps, because of this, was associated with death and the end of things in ancient times. The song on the other hand is much more relaxed than the associated terror of its inspiration, but still lyrically pays homage to such things (“look around, everything is dead on the ground, no one here is making a sound” and later “Now the sky is fallin apart, fate fate, you never should have tested fate, now your floating out in the dark.”) Much more synth laden than the straight out funky keyboard organ groove of its counterpart, it’s got a similar vibe, that is somehow more sentimental–vocally, it’s just as beautiful in the harmonies and dreaminess. Overall, it’s a much more introspective number and one with a more cautionary tale behind it. This is a reflective song that carries with it the metaphorical weight Saturn has since prehistoric recollection. As beautiful as “Mercury” is funky, the single works for the way each songs complement the other, while both interestingly speak of thing “fallin’ apart” or “comin’ apart.” The sheer intellectual investment in this song cycle is apparent in only these works, a perfect teasing taster for the rest of the album you have yet to hear.

“Saturn”

Look around
look around
everything is dead on the ground
everything is fallin apart
fallin apart
open your heart
open your heart
you can take us back to the start

Look around
look around
everything is dead on the ground
no one here is making a sound

Open your heart
open your heart
you can take us back to the start
everything is falling apart

c’mon take us back to the golden age
c’mon take us back to the golden age
c’mon take us back to the golden age
c’mon take us back to the golden age

c’mon
back when the rains came
all you had to do was sing
dadada dada dada

Takin’ a break
Takin’ a break

Never shoulda been replaced

Now the sky is fallin’ apart
fate fate
you never should have tested fate
now your floating out in the dark

never shoulda tested fate

Look at my self
wondering how
all this came to be
and I see

Don’t test fate
don’t test fate
baby don’t
Cause you’ll lose

Don’t test fate
don’t test fate
baby don’t

Cause you’ll lose

I didn’t wanna’ do
all the bad things
that I did to you
but I had to
I did it for you
and If I had to
I’d turn it all around

Round and round and round all alone

Don’t test fate
don’t test fate
baby don’t

Cause you’ll lose

Don’t test fate
don’t test fate
baby don’t

Cause you’ll lose
Your gonna’ lose it all

c’mon take us back to the golden age
c’mon take us back to the golden age
c’mon take us back to the golden age
c’mon take us back to the golden age

c’mon
back when the rains came
all you had to do was sing
dadada dada dada
dadada dada dadaaa

To get an early preview of what the finished work will sound like you don’t have wait for the album release next year to get to hear this amazing work, December 29th at the Sail Inn, Future Loves Past will play Our Solar System in its entirety live. They will be joined by Some Magical Animal, Avery, and All My Friends for this special evening. Do not miss this amazing event! Trust me, it will be worth it.  Astonishingly, these songs are not even close to where Future Loves Past will rest their heels anytime soon, amidst the release of these singles and the anouncement of  release dates, Eric Palmer the mad maestro behind it all leaked a demo of a song called “Sesha” to be a new track on their next album, a concept album about Spirit Animals. It goes to show, that anytime you think you have this amazing group pinned down, they’ll surprise you again and again.

Hear “Mercury” and “Saturn” Here Now!

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