Future West returns with ‘See What I See’, the follow up to ‘Human’, which was released back in February. Out yesterday, June 14, ‘See What I See’ is a retro-tinged synth-led track which sees Future West imploring an unknown other person to skip town with them. It’s a full-on bop with a super-catchy chorus.
Taking his influence from the likes of Gary Numan, Brian Eno, Talking Heads, and David Bowie, Future West leads us a merry dance with the hugely up-tempo ‘See What I See’, which combines fast paced vocals with a staccato rhythm and 80s infused instrumentation. If it wasn’t for the very modern concept of ghosting (as evinced in the lyrics “You know I’ll give you the slip through the comfort of your phone”) there’d be nothing to put this song out of place in the early 80s…while at the same time having a very contemporary feel. Featuring tight guitars and vocal harmonies so close that not even a sheet of paper could fit between them, ‘See What I See’ has contemporary similarities to the recent output of Arcade Fire.
Speaking about the track, Future West said,
“‘See What I See’ is a song about longing to escape, to breathe new ground and air and break through the suffocations of day to day life. I wrote it in a day when I had a really strong desire to return to my hometown of Dundalk after living in the UK for 18 months. I didn’t want to dwell on the lyrics or music and start tinkering with it for months on end like I usually do because of how spontaneous my decision to return to Ireland was. It was written and recorded in the same week and mixed and mastered two weeks later. Because of how out of the blue the decision to move was the lyrics are very direct and abrupt and I wanted to keep that sense of urgency in the track.”
You can see Future West perform on the following:
Spirit Store, Dundalk, Louth – 21/06/19
Arcadian Field Festival, Bellurgan Park, Louth – August 2 – 4
Electric Picnic Festival, Stradbally, Laois (Flying Machine Cafe stage) – 30/8 – 1/09