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Are You From the Future?


Artist: Spearmint
Label: hitBACK Records
RRP: £13.99
hitBACK 50CD
5 038622 139926
Release Date: 01 November 2019

Spearmint release their new album, Are You From The Future, via hitBACK Records. The LP offers a wonderful fusion of '70s disco, and '80s/'90s indie pop...

Spearmint has a unique sound that once you've heard it's hard to forget. Are You From The Future is delightfully retro in scope and style. Spearmint’s singer and song-writer Shirley Lee explains, "The title Are You From The Future? refers to the younger folk, who will see a future that I won’t. I can only apologise for what my generation and the baby boomers are passing on – the sooner the current teens and twenty-somethings are running the world the better, as far as I’m concerned."

This is one of those albums you can listen to once, put to one side for a few weeks and pick back up and instantly remember some of the tracks. But they've somehow managed to lodge themselves into your brain in such a way you'll be convinced that you heard them years ago.

Diversity is key here. The LP moves from track to track and, apart from the occasional riff, each song is about as different from the previous one as it's possible to be. Overall, an interesting, retro sounding album.


Nick Smithson

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