Sofia, Bulgaria-located experimental instrumental rock trio Future Was Perfect released their debut studio album past December. On Future Was Perfect, Hristo Penev (guitar & keyboards), Rosen Zahariev (guitar), and Kaloyan Mihalev (bass), with help of drummer Deha, craft energetic and tuneful experimental rock numbers that contain interludes of vast variety of different subgenres.
The dynamic rockers that sometimes shift into more vulnerable musings show off a band that can assuredly play a range of musical styles. The up-tempo rocker “Traces Uknown,” which is a part of our Progotronics I sampler, blends the best of the Progressive Rock, Jazz Fusion and Folk genres. It’s an appealing, anthemic tune from start to finish that rolls along with optimistic determination.
“Shadow Dance” shakes with a more heady vibe, dealing with post and prog sides of metal. The jagged guitar line and pushy bass line and drum beat propel the song forward. A dreamier and slower paced keyboard-driven ambience floats under the wall of haunting riffs and guitar solo, with bass work brought to perfection. Crunchy electric guitars and a kinetic drum beat materialize and drive the song across the finish line.
“Parallax” could be described as everything opposed to the previous number; it’s far more down-to-the-ground than its predecessor, but it also dwells through the dreamy aspect, focusing more cleaner sound guitars and bass, as well as percussion. And although Future Was Perfect lull you in with this experimental take on post-rock genre, it doesn’t take them so long until they are back to the riffy-route. Heavy rock guitars and slamming drums interrupt the reverie, churning in a tumultuous mix, which is going to make you nod through the part that kind of feels inspired by Liquid Tension Experiment. Having said that, what Future Was Perfect do on this record is certainly unique, and I’ll jump right to the point and call them one of the most underrated bands out there. And while “Parallax” drives you through the twisted world of Prog Fusion, just as suddenly, another transient lull appears, fades, and is replaced by a burst of alt-rock sonics.
In a similar fashion, “The Month of January” continues the bands ever-exploring through different vibes and moods. This number embraces folksy motifs, but shifts from and to Jazz noodling on an acoustic guitar and Progressive Rock, courtesy of keyboards.
A menacing groove, prominent bass line, and agitated drum beat run through “Belgian Chocolate,” the closing piece of Future Was Perfect. It brings back the 1990s-steeped, alt-rock energy, stepping out with a rigorous start-stop pace of jarring, grungy guitar riffs and kicky drums ‘n cymbals interplay.
Although I’ve tried to make each of the songs on the album as closer as possible, there is much more than this on Future Was Perfect and it waits to be discovered. Grab this album if you are all for a new adventures when it comes to music, and it will surely give you a lot to absorb. This is truly one of the late gems released last year, but I hope that fans of progressive music will recognise the band’s potential and give them a chance.