Future Clouds and Radar

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Future Clouds and Radar
Origin Austin, Texas, United States
Genres Power pop
Years active 2006–present
Labels Star Apple Kingdom
Associated acts Cotton Mather
Members Robert Harrison
Josh Gravelin
Hollie Thomas
Kullen Fuchs
Darin Murphy

Future Clouds and Radar is Robert Harrison’s follow-up to his band Cotton Mather. The first album, an eponymous double CD, was released in 2007. Their second release, entitled "Peoria" was released on November 4, 2008, on the Star Apple Kingdom label.

Musical style[edit]

Like Cotton Mather, Future Clouds and Radar has been described as being of the powerpop genre.[1][2][3] Austinist called Future Clouds and Radar "Beatles-esque psychedelia"[4] while the New Yorker described it as "sprawling orchestral art rock."[5]

Upon release of the debut CD, NPR wrote:

It's up for debate whether Austin-based Robert Harrison's double-disc debut is pure genius with blind ambition, or the product of an excess of ideas. In any case, his band Future Clouds and Radar certainly knows how to entertain. The self-titled album crosses a dozen different styles and gets handed numerous genre-definers, all of which include the word "art" as a prefix. Future Clouds and Radar would seem to be inspired by The Flaming Lips or Guided By Voices, whose prolificacy Harrison emulates.[6]

Videos[edit]

Nickelodeon animator Keith Graves was chosen to create a video of the song "Dr. No." [7] Other videos include:[8]

  • Holy Janet Comes on Waves
  • Back Seat Silver Jet Sighter
  • This Is Really A Book
  • Build Havana
  • Hurricane Judy
  • The Epcot View

Reception[edit]

The first album received high praise from critics, drawing comparisons to The Flaming Lips, 13th Floor Elevators, Electric Light Orchestra, Robert Pollard, Robyn Hitchcock, John Lennon, World Party, and the Kinks. David Greenberger says "...file this next to the White Album."[9][10] NPR wrote "“Audacious? Sure. But undeniably impressive."[11] Texas public radio station KUT listed it among the best albums of the year 2007 [12] while Pop Narcotic listed it in its top 10 of the year.[13]

The second album, Peoria (a "kaleidoscopic vision into a single cinematic narrative about mortality"[14]) also received rave reviews:

  • "A triumph of schizophrenic musical vision…a beautiful and brilliant mess…magnificent double disc collection of pop gems – 4 stars." (Paste Magazine).[15]
  • "Whether FC&R is essaying dreamy, electronicaized psychedelia, blue-eyed soul anthemry, Latin-flecked jangle-pop, or full-guns a-blazing, fuzzed-out garage, the material is executed with a jazzlike precision and suffused with a deeply emotional, spontaneous vibe. Winner 2007’s Debut Artist of the Year" (Harp Magazine).[15] Harp placed Future Clouds and Radar as number 4 on its list of top 50 CDs of 2007[16]

Discography[edit]

Future Clouds and Radar[edit]

  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Star Apple Kingdom records

Disc 1[edit]

  1. Birds Of Prey
  2. Let Me Get Your Coat
  3. Hurricane Judy
  4. Drugstore Bust
  5. This Is Really A Book
  6. You Will Be Loved
  7. Quicksilver
  8. Where's My Drink?
  9. Holy Janet Comes On Waves
  10. Wake Up And Live
  11. Our Time
  12. Green Mountain Clover
  13. Devil No More

Disc 2[edit]

  1. Quicksilver 2
  2. Get Your Boots On
  3. Build Havana
  4. Dr. No
  5. Back Seat Silver Jet Sighter
  6. Malice of Stars
  7. The Great Escape
  8. Letters To Junius
  9. Altitude
  10. Cowboy Weather
  11. Armitage Shanks
  12. Christmas Day 1923
  13. Wake
  14. Safety Zone

Peoria[edit]

  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Star Apple Kingdom records
  1. The Epcot View
  2. Old Edmund Ruffin
  3. Feet On Grass
  4. Mummified
  5. 18 Months
  6. The Mortal
  7. Mortal 926
  8. Follow The Crane

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