Thursday, May 23, 2024

As For the Future by As For the Future

As For the Future’s debut album is self-titled and self-produced. The release date will be Friday, June 14 on As For the Future Music. The record will be released as a digital download and via streaming services, 12” LP vinyl, and Deluxe Edition CD (including alternate mixes, dub versions, and edits).

Over 90% of the record was recorded entirely remotely at an assortment of home and professional studios. The record was mixed by D. James Goodwin (Kevin Morby, DEVO) at The Isokon in Kingston, NY.

As For the Future is a new Brazilian music-inspired group based in NYC. Drawing on a variety of styles – bossa nova, samba, MPB (M├║sica popular brasileira) – and combining them with rock, jazz, folk, and soul influences, the group mates their distinctive sound with vibrant, original lyrics.

Started by songwriter/musician David Nagler, As For the Future features vocalist Alexia Bomtempo, Mauro Refosco (David Byrne’s American Utopia, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Atoms for Peace), and Ryan Keberle (David Bowie, Maria Schneider Orchestra), among others. The group took shape during the summer of 2020, when over 15 different musicians contributed to the recording of new material – entirely remotely. These sessions resulted in a 10-song full-length album comprised of singularly memorable songs that are topical (“The Mob”), wry (“Koan for the Music Business”), comprehensive (“Encyclopedia of Songs”), and evocative (“Childlike”).

In addition to the numerous Brazilian artists that listeners may hear elements of – Chico Buarque, Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil – As For the Future is recommended for fans of the globally-minded indie music of Vampire Weekend, Beirut, Kings of Convenience, and Arto Lindsay, as well as David Byrne’s American Utopia (percussionist Refosco was a music director of the show during its entire Broadway run).

Taking their name from a novel by the great Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, and residing somewhere between a band and a collective (a Tropicália-influenced New Pornographers?), As For the Future is an eclectic musical experience that embodies exploration and discovery, and never looks back.

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