On a Tuesday with several notable-for-indie releases--Tyler the Creator's Goblin and the Antlers' Burst Apart, to name a couple--Future Self, the debut album from local experimental rock quartet the Globes, might be the most compelling for those who follow Seattle music. The band saw Barsuk push back the album's release by two weeks, but Future Self more than compensates for the brief delay, building on the strengths of its Sinter Songs EP while simultaneously pushing its established boundaries.
The band's strong suit continues to be intelligent, muscular rock songs that balance instrumental precision and melodic know-how in a way that recalls label-mates Menomena (Marcus Ourada's inventive stick-work could easily be mistaken for Danny Seim's). "Haunted by Bears," "Stay Awake," and "Ghost" nicely embody this aesthetic, while "Pretty Birds Above Our Heads" proves that the band can also slow things down without losing any of its power. The album is a promising statement from a young band, and it's also one of the best local releases of the year.
The Globes will play a free in-store at Sonic Boom's Ballard location at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 before playing Sasquatch! on Saturday, May 28.