Travels with Myself and Another
|Travels with Myself and Another|
|Studio album by Future of the Left|
|Released||22 June 2009|
|Recorded||February - March 2009|
|Genre||Post-hardcore, noise rock|
Future of the Left
|Future of the Left chronology|
|Singles from Travels with Myself and Another|
For the 1978 memoir of the same name, see Martha Gellhorn.
Travels with Myself and Another is the second studio album by Future of the Left.
Around summer 2008, the band started performing new tracks such as "Drink Nike" and "The Hope That House Built" at live shows. An additional 3 new songs ("VDFA," "Cloak the Dagger," and "Distant Jabs at a Soul," the last of which contains an instrumental section nearly identical to the ending of "Stand by Your Manatee") were captured on the live album Last Night I Saved Her from Vampires. In November 2008, the band cancelled the rest of their tour dates for the year in order to finish writing the second record. It was recorded at several sessions in studios in Wales and was released on 22 June 2009 on 4AD.
The album was leaked online on 22 April, eight weeks before its release date. Falkous, posting a blog on the subject, said: "I'm not angry (in fact I don't blame you, unless you leaked it, in which case I WILL KILL YOU), just a little worried that the record we made will get lost amongst the debris and leave us playing shows [...] - fifteen people and a world of disillusion."
On 18 May, a pre-ordering system was set up on the band's website which allowed an immediate download of the album, with the CD or LP being sent out closer to the June release date.
|Drowned in Sound||(9/10)|
|Time Out (Sydney)|||
The album was awarded a 9/10 score by Clash Music, with the review instructing the reader to "just buy a copy, and PLAY IT FUCKING LOUD."  The NME also gave the album a positive review, awarding a rating of 8/10. Ben Patashnik writes: "Travels... feels like a product of 2009, a coruscating reaction to everything that makes us mad but which is never self-righteous or preachy." Andrew P Street of Time Out Sydney concluded "Let's draw a line in the sand right here, people: either this is your favourite album of this year, or you're just plain wrong."
- "Arming Eritrea" - 2:57
- "Chin Music" - 1:56
- "The Hope That House Built" - 3:41
- "Throwing Bricks at Trains" - 2:36
- "I Am Civil Service" - 2:17
- "Land of My Formers" - 2:47
- "You Need Satan More Than He Needs You" - 2:46
- "That Damned Fly" - 2:07
- "Stand by Your Manatee" - 2:08
- "Yin / Post-Yin" - 2:54
- "Drink Nike" - 2:33
- "Lapsed Catholics" - 4:15
|Rock Sound||Albums Of The Year||-||2009||9th|
|The Guardian||Critic' Poll 2009||-||2009||17th|
|The Fly||The Top 50 Albums Of 2009||-||2009||10th|
|Pitchfork||100 Tracks Of 2009||Arming Eritrea||2009||97th|
|NME||50 Best Albums Of 2009||-||2009||18th|
|NME||50 Best Tracks Of 2009||Arming Eritrea||2009||31st|
|Clash||Top 40 Albums Of 2009||2009||20th|
|Drowned In Sound||Top Albums Of 2009||-||2009||21st|
|AV Club||Top 25 Albums Of 2009||-||2009||14th|
|No Ripcord||Top 50 Albums Of 2009||-||2009||18th|
|Dandelion Radio||John Peel Festive 50||Arming Eritrea||2009||49th|
|Village Voice||Pazz & Jop Lists Albums||2009||67th|
|Village Voice||Pazz & Jop Lists Singles||Arming Eritrea||2009||224th|
(*) designates unordered lists.
- Future of the Left's Myspace blog, good things come to those who weigh their own balls.
- Future of the Left's Myspace blog, jim fork.
- Allmusic review
- Clash Music review
- Drowned in Sound review
- NME review
- Pitchfork Media review
- Planet Sound review
- PopMatters review
- SPIN review
- The Fly review
- Time Out (Sydney) review
- Time Out Sydney review
- Rock Sound - 2009 Best Albums
- The Guardian - 50-11
- The Fly - Best Albums 10-2
- Pitchfork - 100 Tracks Of 2009
- Pitchfork - Honourable Mentions
- NME - 20-11
- NME - 40-31
- Clash Magazine - 40 Albums Page 4
- Drowned In Sound - Top Albums
- Album Of The Year - AV Club 2009
- No Ripcord - 2009 Albums Part Two
- Rocklistmusic - Dandelion Radio
- Village Voice - Albums 2009
- Village Voice - Singles 2009