Vocalist Eli Flynn contributed the words to the pop-infused backing track that was produced by guitarist and bandmate John Viviani. Using the vocoder effect, Flynn’s voice is like an instrument that drops a smooth, chunky melody line over the soulful, synth-heavy beat. A funky bass line anchors the song, propelling it toward a couple of glitzy guitar solos that sound as if Viviani is levitating.
Speaking to the moment, “Future” matches sublime synth-pop with language that certainly resonates. A portion of the proceeds from this song benefits Black Lives Matter.
Daniel J. Kushner is CITY’s music editor. He can be reached at email@example.com.