Song by Song: The music of Dystopian Future Compilation #1
Obliferous – “Why Us 3”: This minimalist song kicks things off with some noise and drone-type effects. This might be stating the obvious, but the foreboding track seems appropriate to set the stage for a compilation highlighting musicians whose identities’ very existence can be dangerous.
Get ‘Em Tiger – “Next To the Ground”: In contrast to the foreboding opening track, we have a bright, yet angsty, track. A fun piano melody is an unlikely backdrop to a folk-punk rant about the day to day struggles of the songwriter. The song’s honesty is refreshing.
Silk Shaft – “Darkest Hour”: This straightforward singer-songwriter track is dark, yet oddly comforting. I appreciate the approach to the vocals here. They are somewhat buried in the mix (which is admittedly a bit lo-fi) but stand out in opportune moments.
Echo Silence – “Borrow or Rob”: I once saw a comedian say that although the Bible says “thou shalt not steal,” nowhere does it say “thou shalt not swap.” It’s a lighthearted commentary that can be applied to conversations on cultural appropriation or moral dilemmas under financial hardship. This song broaches the topic with a swift kick to the teeth. Metalheads need to think about important topics too!