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THE FUTURE NEVER WAITS

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Rather than sit on their laurels and dial some new ‘sounds like Hawkwind doing Hawkwind’ music in, the band have recorded a superb composition to challenge and immerse their fans in a virtual soundscape.

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on top of who knows how many ‘live’ albums, there’s nothing here to suggest they’re running on empty just yet. If you’re not a Hawkwind fan then you will be pleasantly surprised, and if you are a veteran space rocker then if you can open your mind maaaaaaan. And on the very doomy ‘The Beginning’, we’re told “ upload your consciousness here and leave your body at the door marked Incinerator”and how “ the phasing out of all carbon based humans is now unavoidable”in a song which brought the film Soylent Green to mind.Dedicated to finding new and innovative music in all its guises, whilst acknowledging its long and rich history. Innovative additions to the Hawkwind canon such as Aldous Huxley and They Are So Easily Distracted introduce a gradual, almost lounge-like quality, with deliberate piano, audio samples and saxophones lamenting over a futuristic backdrop and roaming guitar solos. One that began with The End, is brought to a conclusion with The Beginning – the reminder to “ upload your consciousness here and leave your body at the door marked ‘incinerator‘”– and to step forward for the ‘beginning’ of the next part of the journey. Rama' also visits this particular atmosphere with an eight-minute-long version that is guitar washed, maybe more subdued than 'The End', but has a great 80’s sounding synth solo in the middle. Which, to certain extent, is just what they do, moving easily from ambient, space-noise-assisted soundscapes (the title track, which opens the album with over ten minutes of easy-on-the-ear Hawknoise) through more traditional, bare-bones proto punk ( The End, which, of course and unsurprisingly for such a singular band, comes near the start of the album), a spoken word sample on the death of Author Aldous Huxley to a sprawling, late night jazz odyssey ( They Are So Easily Distracted) in the space of the first four tracks.

Hawkwind – The Future Never Waits (2023, CD) - Discogs

The music and accompanying sounds are at times jarring and challenging but still mange to create a coherent structure. The band’s 35th studio album is an outstanding progression to their varied and celebrated catalogue.Opening track The Future Never Waits delivers a 10-minute instrumental-led space-age march, before progressing into the guitar-driven followup The End, featuring Dave Brock’s trademark vocals and chugging machine-gun riffs. Innovative additions to the Hawkwind canon such as ‘Aldous Huxley’ and ‘They Are So Easily Distracted’ introduce a gradual, almost lounge-like quality, with deliberate piano, audio samples and saxophones lamenting over a futuristic backdrop and roaming guitar solos.

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