Future Self - Barsuk
FILTER Grade: 75%
By Spencer Flanagan on June 2, 2011
After two successful EPs, Spokane-based outfit The Globes are finally releasing their much-anticipated debut full-length on Barsuk. Future Self is full of experimental, progressive tracks that seem to get better and better with each spin—even if experimental rock isn’t your forte. The Globes do a nice job of grabbing and keeping listeners’ attention throughout the album’s 35 minutes of music. Sometimes the sound is chill, folk-rock tunes reminiscent of bands like The Moondoggies, Grand Archives, Band of Horses and even Local Natives (“Haunted By Bears,” “Ghost”) while other times it’s more similar to the likes of The Appleseed Cast or Autolux (“A Stitch Couldn’t Save the World,” “Pretty Birds Above Our Heads”). The mix of musical styles set to the monotone, almost apathetic-sounding vocals (save a few shouts) is something new and interesting, captured best on “Pigeon” and “Ghost.” But still, in the end, we must look forward to the band’s future self to really see the potential of The Globes.