FUTURE KULT explores the cyclical violence of Men that permeate our culture in "My Brothers And Me" taken from eponymous debut album out now via-ACTION WOLF RECORDS/AWAL.
Two medieval knights violently hack away at each other, drenched in hovering, strobing neon lighting, throbbing to the pulse of FUTURE KULT’s third single, “My Brothers and Me.” Red and blue lights bounce off their brutal, heavy armor as they charge towards each other, both soulless vehicles of destruction. Metal clashes upon metal as two cold fighters move to destroy each other. Director Mac Nixon interrupts aggression with stunning interludes of combusting flowers and a beautifully silhouetted narrator - simultaneously goading and lamenting what she sees. In the duo’s own words, the track explores,
“the mechanisms of aggression with which men have, and continue to engender their own demise - from feuding brothers, to gang wars, to the fall of empires - the inescapable cycles of violence that permeate and entrap our culture.”
“My Brothers And Me" itself is a swaggering, bursting haze of harpsichord tremolos, thumping drum machines and a wailing chorale of banshee vocals. FUTURE KULT’s thrilling combination of improvised lyrics, rushing, minimal beats and densely cinematic textures is on glorious display, heralding the release of their eponymous debut album, this Friday, February 25, via Action Wolf Records/AWAL.
The initial spark of FUTURE KULT caught on in a remote river valley in Hidalgo, deep in the Mexican countryside. For three months in late 2020, film composer Sion Trefor and musician/art producer Benjamin Zombori left their respective lives in Cardiff and Berlin behind and set out to channel the music of the future. What they created, far off the grid, is the sound of everything, now.
Like a trip into a parallel musical universe, the nine tracks of FUTURE KULT are dark, mystical visions of a world coming undone. Unfolding in a mind-bending mass of mangled vocal chants, raw guitars, stark, whipping beats and driving harpsichords, the songs are thematically linked, describing a world in which we are all fighting a battle of retreat against overwhelming technological forces.
“When we started working on this record, we became aware that the world has become too complex to be fully grasped,”
“Surrounded by paranoia, tragedy, extreme tension and fractured hope, we wanted to create music that courses with everything we feel as humans living in the 2020s.”
note Trefor and Zombori.
With a visceral grip and suffused with mystical undertones, this is music that brims with images of fracturing empires and warping masculinity, war, addiction, heroism and doubt; it is uninhibited by desires to pander to algorithms, to appease platforms and the sycophancy of “content.”