Human Future return with their strongest and most eclectic output thus far, 'Flat Earth Blues' 8 June 2017
Having completed their first tour of Europe with Torpor, a brief stint across the UK with Rope, appearing at the prestigious Incubate Festival in Tilburg and being honoured to support Hydrahead visionaries, Mare; 2017 sees Human Future return with their first new output in 2 years.
'Flat Earth Blues' is named in reference to the book by Nick Davies, 'Flat Earth News', which is regarded as unveiling much of the 'dark arts' of journalism and the true nature of the industry. This has inspired the themes that run throughout the EP, with each song broaching a different facet of the overall focuses - media corruption, the media as propaganda, the state of journalism and it's future in a world with the internet. 'Flat Earth Blues' is a descent into increasing despair, bookended by a melancholy ambient introduction and plummeting into walls of harsh noise penetrated by a glimmer of hope at the end. It is the product of a world of confusion, distrust and misplaced trust. True to form, Human Future have drawn from their numerous influences to incorporate ambient/noise music, post-rock/metal, prog rock, choral & film music, death metal and electronic music. Always wanting to tread new ground, 'Flat Earth Blues' represents a far more hands-on and personal result than they have achieved to date - shifting their sound between emphatic guitar solos, intricately layered blending of electronic and acoustic percussion and the maudlin choral section, composed with help from Jon Phipps (Moonspell / Amorphis / Kreator) and performed by Jacob Norris (Lectures).
Whilst recording 'Flat Earth Blues', not only did the band work with their long time producer, Lewis Johns, but also spent considerable time with Sound Engineer Mykel Dunn at Regeneration Studios near the idyllic Bewl Water in Kent, with further recording sessions at Stephen's Home studio and with Edd Dixon of Voodoo House Productions. With this process, the band have allowed time for everyone to put as much of themselves into the music as possible and for ideas to develop naturally as opposed to being rushed or contrived. Not only is it the most collaborative work of theirs but it is the most ambitious and far-reaching they've ever been.
Finally, having seen his artwork used by label mates, Regurgitate Life, the band commissioned Luke Oram to create the mesmerising album cover. The imagery provides a cryptic, hallucinatory vision of the Fourth & Fifth Estates in a post-EU Referendum Britain.
'Flat Earth Blues' may not be Human Future's longest release, but it is undeniably their densest and most dynamic material yet. Numerous elements will go unnoticed without repeated listening - It demands your time and attention, rewarding those who delve deeper.