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The Future Will Come
The Juan MacLean
1. Simple Life, The
2. Future Will Come, The
3. One Day
4. New Bot, A
6. No Time
8. Station, The
9. Human Disaster
10. Happy House
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2196
Personnel: Nancy Whang (vocals, background vocals); Alex Frankel (strings, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Wurlitzer organ, tom tom, background vocals); Nick Millhiser (drums, congas, electronic drums, percussion, drum programming); Jerry Fuchs (drums); Eric Broucek (background vocals).
Recording information: Flymax Studios, Woodstock, NY; Plantain Recording House, New York, NY.
Photographers: Jennifer Campbell; Ruvan Wijesooriya.
The Juan MacLean, the solo project of former Six Finger Satellite guitarist John MacLean, is one of the more overlooked entries in DFA Records' post-millennial retro-futurist hit parade. While the group's angular, synth-and-vocoder-fueled electro-house is every bit as pulse-raising and ebullient as that of label mates LCD Soundsystem and Hercules and Love Affair, their oft-channeled aloofness and chilly post-human aesthetics could at times put off all but the most hardened Kraftwerk fans. The group's sophomore release, THE FUTURE WILL COME, takes a more user-friendly approach, injecting warmth and buoyancy into the typical machine music tropes of house and techno. Augmented by the addition of LCD Soundsystem's Nancy Whang, the group hit their stride on the anthemic "Happy House," a bouncing, piano-driven floor slayer that is as joyous as the title; while "The Simple Life" rides a Moroder-styled synth arpeggio as Whang's siren-like choruses trade off with MacLean's detached, conversational verses--recalling the sullen dynamic of the Human League's Phil Oakley and Susan Sulley on their synth pop classic "Don't You Want Me?"
Rolling Stone (p.83) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Juan comes to life on this...giving us stretched-out, club wrecking grooves, many of which are played on THE FUTURE WILL COME by actual humans."
Spin (p.92) - "Add the pipes of Nancy Whang on most tracks -- giving FUTURE a boy-girl dynamic -- and there's a suggestion that the Juan MacLean might just become the Human League after all."
CMJ - "THE FUTURE relies not just on driving beats but intricate layered melodies that will swallow you up."
Pitchfork (Website) - "The rubbery bongo-driven percussion and mutating, unraveling synths in the title track sound like they reach peak powers just before the song ends a few seconds shy of the five-minute mark..."
Clash (magazine) (p.112) - "'TFWC' is one classy disco-lectro, synthpop concoction from start to finish."
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