Album Review of Futurology by Mário Raposo

Mário Raposo is an eclectic and diverse electronic music composer who was born in the Azores. Since the early nineties, he has composed music for film scores, documentaries, advertisements and more, drawing his inspiration from various genres of music. His latest album Futurology seemingly takes the listener on an interactive space-age trek of sci-fi adventure and technological observation throughout its fourteen compositions.

The title track, “Futurology”, is a fantastic opener characterized by digital, blippy sounds and sequencers set to an energetic lockstep rhythm that brings to mind colorful laser lights bouncing around. An infectiously melodic piece, it sets the tone for the rest of the album with its sci-fi vibe and subsequent allusions to future technology, artificial life and interstellar space travel. One of my favorite tracks herein is “Initial Countdown”, a piece that bears resemblance to some of Ron Boots’ work. Beautifully dynamic with melodic fast-paced sequencers and a drum n’ bass-tinged rhythm, it seemingly signals embarking on a space voyage at warp-speed. I’m also particularly fond of “Electron Love”, a more ambient-flavored piece comprised of bubbling sequencers and xylophone-type sounds that create a floating, liquid dreaminess. The aptly-named “Droid’s Rave” is easily one of the album’s most euphoric and fun moments with its distinctive robotic and space-techno feel that infuses elements of Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and modern electronic dance music. The comparatively darker and somewhat forbidding “Terrifying Technology” is another top highlight with its minor chords, ominous synthesized voices and downtempo-trance rhythm. Bearing a notable electro-industrial flavor that incorporates lots of metallic and glitchy textures, the piece affectively brings to mind an encroaching threat of sinister robots and transformers, in what is perhaps a future technological wasteland. Concluding the album is “Futurology Chill Remix”, a comparatively more low-key version of the opening title track, which additionally features drifty piano notes along with what sounds like a processed violin.

One particular and rewarding element that stood out to me about this album was how personally engaging and warm the music feels despite its retro-futuristic and technological themes. Both vintage and modern, as well as seemingly from the future, several decades of electronic music are echoed throughout these beautifully melodic and digitally complex arrangements. Fans of Jean Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Ron Boots and Zero One, as well as sci-fi inspired music in general, are especially encouraged to check out this supremely executed and thoroughly rewarding album! ~Candice Michelle

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