Future of Forestry combine the bright hope of their Southern California upbringing with the melancholy, sweeping Euro-rock that influences them. With acclaimed producer Ken Andrews (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, A Perfect Circle, Mae), Future of Forestry has made a diverse debut album that covers vast musical ground while exploring the deepest places of faith, beauty and love.
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Amazing album, top 10 of 2007!| Posted July 06, 2007
I love the Future of Forestry Twilight CD. The song "All I Want" is a standout track and I listen to it all the time. The lyrics "I will go where mercy meets the shame, I will go where strength will find the small and meek" are so worshipful and also reflective and challenging. Former Something Like Silas lead singer Eric Owyoung really brings out some amazing emotional rock (emo) themes like loneliness, divorce and coming out of darkness with songs like "Open Wide" and "Speak to me Gently". This is definitely a top 10 of 2007 release in my opinion and the CD gets better with each listen which is just awesome!
Twilight| Posted August 06, 2008
Future of Forestry is a very interesting band to me. They have elements of secular bands like Radiohead, Jimmy Eat World, and The Shins with some of the electronic beats and the overall atmosphere of this album. Also, the lead singer, Eric, sounds like the singers from Jimmy Eat World or Strata in that it can be very soft at one moment and be belting out some very heartfelt lyrics the next. There's no whining in his voice and it sounds very sincere.
The music in general fits the CD insert where there is a picture of the ocean and four of them on a plateau overlooking. There's definitely a 'spacey' vibe through the album. If you are the type that just feel certain albums are 'winter' albums then you might agree that this is one of them. That doesn't mean it's a depressing album, but that's just the mood the music sets. Songs like 'Twilight' and 'Speak To Me Gently' are perfect examples of this as Eric soothingly sings the verses over keyboard notes that somewhat remind me of The Postal Service. The focus seems to be on the melodies and the textures of the song to create that atmosphere.
The lyrics for the majority of the CD don't come off as being outright Christian until you get to the last two and then the Lord is mentioned as well as Jesus. The rest of the songs you can piece together what they might be singing about but it isn't in your face. They kind of let you draw your own conclusions and be wrapped up in the delivery of the lyrics. If I were to say there were any cons to this album it would be that some of the songs kind of lose me in between choruses. It's great to have a song build up to a powerful chorus but you can't have the build up be too slow to where it drags on. For that reason, my attention was lost for a moment and naturally it picked up when things got going.
All in all a very strong debut effort where the music takes precedent and while doing what they love they sing about what they love. There doesn't seem to be a hard formula for songs and that's refreshing to me. Maybe it's not original in the grand scheme of things but for Christian music it sure is and it could possibly start a new wave of music in that scene. I'd say they have a lot of potential and I really can't wait to see what they come up with next.
Gems of this album are: 'Gazing', 'Twilight', 'All I Want'
C.S. Lewis is one of modern Christianity's greatest philosophers, wit and apologists. His writings offer insight and honesty that can be both bluntly brutal, yet in the same instance offer hope and consolation. Twilight, the debut from Future of Forestry, is infused with much of the same two-edged observations about life- sort of a modern, musical companion piece to Mr. Lewis' wisdom; synthesizing the reality of the mundane and hurt with hope and the wonder of grace.
The songs of Twilight wrestle with the truth that "God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing." They are also like fleeting glimpses from frontman Eric Owyoung's personal journal: these songs are personal, vulnerable disclosures about everyday struggles, questions and hurts, but also offerings of tangible hope- like the sun's rays silhouetted against the breaking storm clouds promising a brighter reality above and beyond the temporary, horizon-obscuring storms of life. Owyoung's lyrics are both down-to-earth and strikingly poetic. Grace and hope suffuse Twilight's lucid contemplations of the everyday intersected by The Infinite, or as "All I Want" puts it, "where glory meets the crude and weak."
Future of Forestry's sound shares many similarities with its previous incarnation, Something Like Silas. That's not to say that they are the same band operating under a new moniker. Instead, the band has moved away from the contemporary sonic trappings of modern worship and grown into a more approachable sound. Much like twilight is the in-between time of day and night, Future's sound is best described as reverential alternative/ modern rock.
Just as C.S. Lewis reminds us, "(t)hough our feelings come and go, God's love for us does not," the songs of the aptly titled Twilight hold out the same promise. Caught somewhere between the past, behind, and ahead, the future, Future of Forestry's Twilight is a very "here and now" release. May the future hold more from this talented band.
Speak to me Gently| Posted June 18, 2009
Future of Forestry has an amazing sound. I really like the song Speak to me Gently. It has a slow, but inspiring sound to it. This band has talent, that's for sure.
The Second Best Debut Ever| Posted February 12, 2008
"Sound of Melodies" takes the title for best debut in my book but "Twilight" is a close second. With a great opener "Open Wide" and a beautiful closer "Stay Beside Me" and great tracks in between. This is an album that should not be missed. Wonderful tracks include: "All I Want", "Speak To Me Gently", "Sunrising", "Sacred Place", "You And I", the beautiful "If You Find Her", and the best track on the whole thing "Gazing". Great album from a band we will probably hear a lot from in the future.
An Awesome CD| Posted July 16, 2007
Awesome Lyrics and a relaxing feel. If you are looking for an album to put in your CD player and want to pray and praise our Heavenly Father, this album is for you. Something Like Silas was a band that had the same lead singer as Future of Forestry. If you find Something Like Silas's CD, that is a 5 Star CD for passion and intimacy with the Lord. So anyway they are both great albums