RIYL: Drugdealer, Drakkar Nowhere, ELO, Paul McCartney

Label: Castle Face Records

Long before Oakland 4-piece Once & Future Band won over larger audiences with their smooth-as-kid-charlemagne 2017 self-titled debut, our very own sly sleuther Sindre Ernst broke the story on the boys in 2014 with their Brain EP, a melange of cosmic jazz fusion and soft 70s psychedelia. Out of left field they came, these hyper-talented session guys that were conjuring up Steeley, ELO and Rundgren and pushing them through contemporary optics. After 3 years, Once & Future Band have returned for their highly-anticipated sophomore follow-up titled Deleted Scenes.

Thankfully, the warmth of the Fender Rhodes and dusty vintage synths still prevail over the band’s sound as they’ve evolved even further into more complex and interesting chord progressions. Once & Future Band manage to pull off incredibly challenging material and keep it consistently rewarding for the listener without sounding “mathy”. It’s not an endurance test. These are pop songs. They just have the chops to venture outside of the I–V–vi–IV. A no-brainer purchase for me. How about you?

Castle Face Records has a delicious variant up for grabs after the ‘buy’ link. Those will be shipping in May. In the meantime, listen to the entire album below.

The Details

Mint Dip Edition
Colored vinyl copies limited to two per customer, and are preorder.
Will ship May 4th.

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Price $20

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