Hurtling is the solo project from My Bloody Valentine touring member, Jen Macro. 'Future From Here' is her debut album. Her music is influenced by some of the greats - the Breeders, Elliott Smith and Sonic Youth, as well as My Bloody Valentine themselves. Let’s face it, it would be pretty difficult to tour with them and not take in a little of their infectious noise.
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Hurtling is the project of Jen Macro. Their new album 'Future From Here' is a nice hybrid between alt-rock and grunge, with nods to shoegaze and Britpop. A lot of people have picked up on the fact that Macro toured with My Bloody Valentine. But, wait! That must be why her album has guitars on it!! Nice analysis Doctor Freud. I work for Norman Records, it doesn't mean I stack my cereal alphabetically. It's a lazy connection to make, guys. Hey, where is this soapbox stored?
'Future From Here' is full of thick, chugging guitars and breathy vocals. I suppose it sounds like The Pixies crossed with Blur circa 'Beetlebum' and 'Song 2'. The guitar wails in 'Feel It' sound like Joey Santiago at his most expressive. Parts of this record also feel like classic Sonic Youth, all stop-start song structures and rhythms that feel to fall over themselves.
Macro has a nicely dynamic style of singing. She can do an amazing hoarse scream in 'Summer' as well as dreamy, croony vocalisations in 'Let Go'. I also love the folky, close harmonies that pepper the tracks; they're always just about audible but never overpowering. The harmonies occasionally give her voice a cool, glammy vocoder kind of tone.
'Future From Here' is a consummate and enjoyable debut LP. Please don't mention My Bloody Valentine.
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