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The Globes

Future Self
bark110: The Globes / Future Self
bark110   LP / CD / DIGITAL Barsuk Records   May 2011
  1. Haunted By Bears
  2. Pigeon
    • Stay Awake
  3. A Stitch Couldn't Save The World
  4. Pretty Birds Above Our Heads
  5. Ghost
  6. Japan
  7. Face Up Facing

The Globes were formed in their teenage years (recently — the youngest member is 21), spending afternoons in their sleepy city of Spokane, Washington collaboratively dissecting and interpreting the fundamentals of songwriting while forging together their own musical inspirations. Their debut full-length, Future Self, was produced by John Goodmanson (Blonde Redhead, Death Cab for Cutie, Sleater-Kinney, etc), and promises to be one of the best rock records of 2011.

The Globes transform complexity into something accessible on this impressive debut. If the best comparison is Radiohead that is because both bands are so ready to fracture time signatures and chord structures, so that the line you hear is subtly, intriguingly different from what you expect. Future Self is smoothly self-assured as it balances on a tightrope. The Globes put their best pop moves up front, but then, "Ghost"'s jittery guitar riff could have been pulled off a latter-day Tortoise album. There is abstraction here, but also sheer lyrical gorgeousness.
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