Saturday, July 27, 2013

40 Year Itch : Future Days


Future Days is the fifth album from Krautrock luminaries Can and the final album to feature Damo Suzuki on vocals. Returning from a sunny vacation, the five members of Can entered Inner Space Studio to record another blissed-out album of mostly instrumental electronic boogie. All but the three-minute single "Moonshake" ( my favorite all-time Can tune) are lengthy, 8-minute plus trance-inducing numbers with the twenty minute "Bel Air" taking up an entire album side.

Not a thing on the recording was planned according to keyboard player Irmin Schmidt, who is quoted here from the Mojo Collection:

"It sounds strange, but everybody in this group is a telepath. We never call it improvising, that was a very misleading term. What we improvised were forms, which we called 'instant composition'. It needs some time to come together; you've got to learn to listen to others, rather than just playing. We played every day, for hours and hours, for years.

    Suzuki was clearly done with the band by the time Future Days came out. Looking back, he calls the album "boring" and less of a "freak out" than on albums like Ege Bamyasi and Tago Mago. Suzuki converted to the Jehovah's Witness faith when he married his German girlfriend and retired from music for ten years.

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