Myths of the Near Future (album)

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Myths of the Near Future
Studio album by Klaxons
Released 29 January 2007
Recorded 2006
Length 53:35 (UK and Malaysia edition)
36:22 (international edition)
Label Polydor
Producer James Ford
Klaxons chronology
Xan Valleys
Myths of the Near Future
Surfing the Void
Singles from Myths of the Near Future
  1. "Atlantis to Interzone"
    Released: 12 June 2006
  2. "Magick"
    Released: 30 October 2006
  3. "Golden Skans"
    Released: 22 January 2007
  4. "Gravity's Rainbow"
    Released: 9 April 2007
  5. "It's Not Over Yet"
    Released: 25 June 2007
  6. "As Above, So Below"
    Released: 12 November 2007
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 71/100 [2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Blender 3.5/5 stars[4]
NME 9/10[5]
OMM 4/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media 7.5/10[7]
Stylus Magazine C+[8]

Myths of the Near Future is the Mercury Prize-winning debut album by English band Klaxons. It was released on 29 January 2007 through Polydor Records. Myths of the Near Future contains re-recorded versions of "Gravity's Rainbow", "Atlantis to Interzone" and "Four Horsemen of 2012", along with the singles "Magick", "Golden Skans" and, most recently, "It's Not Over Yet". It is named after Myths of the Near Future, a collection of short stories by British writer J. G. Ballard. It was recorded in Battle, East Sussex.

During promotion of Myths of the Near Future, the band described it as "a concept album about their fantasy vision of the future" and the first in a trilogy of albums, with subsequent releases intending to deal with the present and the past.[9] Upon the week of its release, "Golden Skans" climbed to number seven in the UK Top 40 charts. The album was given a largely enthusiastic review by NME (the magazine named it "album of the year"), although it received more mixed reviews from other critics. The British and Malaysian pressings of the album contain a short instrumental hidden track after 15 minutes of silence at the end of "Four Horsemen of 2012", apparently intended for an art piece by the band. Myths of the Near Future won the Mercury Prize in 2007.

Myths of the Near Future is featured in the musical reference book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die upon its revision in 2007.

Chart positions[edit]

The album charted at number two in the UK Album Chart, behind Norah Jones' album Not Too Late. Since its release in January 2007, the album took a further rise back into the charts, peaking as high as number 19 on 7 July 2007.[10] The album ended the year with sales of 274,000.[11] The last known sales as of September 2011, stand on 340,000 copies.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Klaxons, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Two Receivers"   4:18
2. "Atlantis to Interzone"   3:18
3. "Golden Skans"   2:45
4. "Totem on the Timeline"   2:41
5. "As Above, So Below" (See note) 3:58
6. "Isle of Her"   3:54
7. "Gravity's Rainbow"   2:37
8. "Forgotten Works"   3:26
9. "Magick"   3:30
10. "It's Not Over Yet" (Rob Davies/Paul Oakenfold/Michael Wyzgowski) 3:35
11. "Four Horsemen of 2012"   2:18
  • Klaxons' French label Because released "As Above, So Below" as a limited edition clear vinyl 12" in November 2007. The 12" features two versions of the track, a French language version and a remix by Justice.


Chart (2007) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 62
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 87
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[15] 83
French Albums (SNEP)[16] 24
Italian Albums (FIMI)[17] 72
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[18] 35
UK Albums (OCC)[19] 2


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