Ancient Melodies of the Future

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Ancient Melodies of the Future
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Studio album by Built to Spill
Released July 10, 2001
Genre Indie rock
Length 39:09
Label Up Records, Warner Bros.
Producer Phil Ek and Doug Martsch
Built to Spill chronology
Ancient Melodies of the Future
You in Reverse
(2006)You in Reverse2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork 8.6/10[2]
PopMatters 9/10[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]

Ancient Melodies of the Future is the fifth full-length album released by indie rock band Built to Spill. The core line-up of the band remained as it had for the previous two albums, with singer/guitarist Doug Martsch, bassist Brett Nelson, and drummer Scott Plouf. The album was recorded at Bear Creek in Woodinville, Washington, with overdubs recorded at Avast! Recording Co. in Seattle, Washington, and Martsch's studio, The Manhouse, in Boise, Idaho. Ancient Melodies was released on the Warner Bros. label in 2001 (see 2001 in music).

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Doug Martsch.

  1. "Strange" - 4:00
  2. "The Host" - 3:55
  3. "In Your Mind" - 3:46
  4. "Alarmed" - 5:07
  5. "Trimmed and Burning" - 4:19
  6. "Happiness" - 3:41
  7. "Don't Try" - 3:17
  8. "You Are" - 3:51
  9. "Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss" - 2:45
  10. "The Weather" - 4:35


  • Doug Martsch - vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion
  • Brett Nelson - bass, drums
  • Scott Plouf - drums, percussion, bass
Additional musicians


Chart (2001) Peak
US Billboard 200[5] 94
US Top Album Sales 94


  1. ^ Spano, Charles. Ancient Melodies of the Future at AllMusic
  2. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  3. ^ Popmatters review
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review
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