Boomkat Product Review:
There seems to be more than your usual amount of retro-fetishism going on at the moment, all you have to do is look at Ebay's musical instruments section and see how rabid people are for vintage musical gear, almost no-matter whether it's actually good or not. Future Conditional is a new project from Piano Magic fellers Glen Johnson and Cedric Pin and along with a whole host of friendly collaborators (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)) they have managed to put together ten tracks of retroist pop goodness. The first thing you'll notice is just how much they manage to nail the sound, as I mentioned there are no shortage of people making vintage electro right now, but very few of them actually manage to come off sounding convincing. Future Conditional however sound so darned authentic I wouldn't have been surprised if someone said this was a lesser known album from 1982. Just check 'Crying's What You Need' - the production is pure New Order and all the better for it, or the album's closing opus 'Your Love Leaves me Colder', but far from being an exercise in merely style over content, Johnson and Pin actually manage to make their songs sound memorable and really rather sweet. It's often forgotten that what was great about this era of production was the fact you'd be humming the songs for weeks afterward - there's a reason why Blue Monday is the biggest selling 12" of all time and it's not simply down to the production. Johnson and Pin may have cut their teeth making electronic shoegazing bliss but on 'We Don't Just Disappear' they show also that they can transpose their songwriting skill into the world of electro-pop, and it works marvellously. Enjoyable retro electro fun, and that's not something you'll hear me say too often!