Vinyl LP pressing. 2016 release. Michael Shackelford first wrote down the words A futureA and A elevatorsA a few years ago on a rough instrumental demo. The music never grew into a finished song, but that simple, surprisingly evocative phrase stuck. It's an apt phrase for one of Birmingham's most original musical acts. Shackelford-the group's founder, mainstay, and guiding creative force-is something of a pop confectioner who thinks up impossible sounds and makes them a reality. His self-titled debut as Future Elevators expertly mixes whimsy and gravity, the fantastical with the everyday. Even as he grounds his lyrics in real-world issues, he fills his songs with new and improbable combinations of familiar sounds: the jagged pastoral folk of A Alabama SongA , the Rube Goldberg blues riffs of A Machine MakerA , the retro-futuristic R&B of A Modern WorldA , the warm drone of the ten-minute instrumental closer A AphroditeA . Shackelford spent a year piecing his debut album together. Recording with him was Lynn Bridges (Devendra Banhart/Dexateens) and the album was mixed by Darrell Thorp (Radiohead/Beck).
1.1 Rome on a Saturday 1.2 Modern World 1.3 Losing Sleep 1.4 Just Another Day 1.5 Alabama Song 1.6 Machine Maker 1.7 It Is What It Is 1.8 Everything Everywhere 1.9 Narcosis 1.10 Aphrodite