Every Record I Own - Day 178: Can Future Days
Given its five year lead on Brian Eno’s Music For Airports, certain critics have made the bold claim that 1973′s Future Days is the first ambient album. I’ll leave that conversation for the music scholars; all I know is that this album doesn’t get as much attention as other Damo Suzuki-era Can records. And that’s a shame.
To be fair, a lot of the draw of those early Can records stems from Jaki Liebezeit’s irresistible authoritative beats and Suzuki’s alien howl. And while those features are still present on Future Days, Can pushed those elements out of the limelight. In fact, it’s often difficult to pinpoint exactly what you’re hearing at any given moment on the album as everything sounds like it’s floating in some psychotropic haze. Personally, I think it’s a record that sounds drastically different when played in different environments, but the ideal environment is in your apartment late at night, zoned out on your couch, unwinding after a long day.
I also consider Future Days to be one of those records that has to be listened to in its entirety. Don’t dip your toe in it. Take the plunge.