Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Future Limited: Jascha Hoffman

It was a day , when the sun refused to rise up n lighten up the world . Instead it chose to hide behind the gloomy , dark clouds . I , while drinking coffee , was searching for an album that could match the mood portrayed by the weather . While browsing the internet in my quest for the ‘right’ album, I happened to stumble upon Jascha’s new album ‘The Future Limited’ . 

As I started listening to it from the very 1st track of the album, and 30 seconds into it , I felt as if time had been captured into a limitless period of suspended animation. ‘Limited’ has a very cool , synth induced background which lends the song a geeky-feel. The lyrics seemed weird at first, but as the song progresses, it makes perfect sense. The music blends perfectly with the seemingly odd lyrics .

 For those who don’t know, who Jascha is, He is a gifted singer-songwriter , who composes left-of-centre pop with a hint of rock and loads of catchy and cerebral lyrics that focus on time, space, death, science fiction etc., which does seem weird at first but once you hear it , you see the big picture. Jascha appeals to those people who are tired of listening to the lame pop artists existing in today’s radios and televisions . Intelligent and laid back are the key words here to describe Jascha’s sound . The album is a laid back journey to some of the most impressive soundscapes I’ve come across in recent times .

 The album’s 2nd track ‘The Future’ is a mellow track which uses vocal sampling to create a progressive aura around it . ‘Copter’ has an orchestral section thrown in between for good measure . By this time, the clouds were crying their heart out , the song perfectly capturing the mood I was in. ‘Intuition’ is in a similar feel zone. Musically , it’s simple but the emotions generated after listening to it calms the time around you . ‘Lamb Sandwich’ is just Jascha and his piano crooning about, well ….. a lamb sandwich . ‘Get Up’ is a pop rock tune which talks about getting well when being sick, confined to the bed. ’Love’ is the shortest tune of the album , clocking in at an astonishing 15 seconds! ‘I Need You Tiny’ is a surprising end to this album , considering the mellow nature of the album . The song is uptempo , happy and almost goes against the flow dictated by the earlier tracks . It has a cool guitar solo in the end, showing that Jascha is comfortable with punk as well as pop.

 This album is NOT meant to be heard when you are busy with your chaotic life . It’s meant to be heard when you’re in an introspective mood or when you are in suspended animation. Both ways it’s gonna sound awesome ! Kudos to Jascha for playing left-of-centre pop , which appeals to people who like to introspect and don’t feel too good while listening to the usual ‘normal’ pop stuff. You have to give this a listen, and believe me, you're gonna love it!

1 comment:

Jascha said...

Thanks for a great review,!