The wait is finally over: Rare Futures’ first full length album since 2010 has arrived, and its name is This Is Your Brain On Love. For those who already aren’t acquainted with the band’s groovy riffs and smooth synth tones; let us catch you up to speed. Originally known as Happy Body Slow Brain; the side-project-turned-band began to fully come to life in 2010 after frontman Matt Fazzi ended a two year gig with Taking Back Sunday. Fazzi went in a different direction with the new project, looking to bring forth his love for rock groove, Motown soul, and 80’s synthesizers all at the same time. The result was Rare Futures, whose new record releases on March 25th through Cerebral Music Group. Check out the official stop motion music video for the fifth track off of the album, “The Pressure”:
This Is Your Brain On Love is a clear expression of diverse influences all miraculously colliding and coinciding. Laid back harmonies meet energetic, sometimes almost math-y guitar riffs on practically every song. The synthesizers occasionally feel right at home in a neon-tinged 80’s film while others launch into full on church organ waiting to be accompanied by a gospel choir.
Matt Fazzi’s voice walks the line between soulful and soothing, maintaining it’s balance and never dipping too heavily to either side. The result is a record that you can dance with or take a breather to, either being totally natural and comfortable responses.
Whether it’s one of the record’s straight up indie rock offerings (“Reminding Me to Live”, “Not Giving Up Yet”) or slowed down ambient orchestrations (“Mercury (And Opposite Planets”, “Hope”); This Is Your Brain On Love is a passion project that could clearly only have come from Fazzi himself. Established fans may have had to wait awhile to finally get it, but we can assure that it’s worth the wait. And as for newcomers; you couldn’t have picked a better time to jump aboard.