Hawkwind : The Future Never Waits : Album Review (Cherry Red Records)
Hawkwind, a legendary band that has been captivating audiences for decades have released their latest album, “The Future Never Waits.” I have discussed Hawkwind extensively, diving deep into their music via several Box Set and album reviews. In this review, I will share my honest thoughts on this album and explain why it has quickly become one of my favorites from the band.
Unleashing the Captivating Journey:
Clocking in at 10 minutes and 16 seconds, the album’s opening track, “The Future Never Waits,” immediately captures the listener’s attention. This instrumental piece takes us on an ambient prog-rock journey, reminiscent of bands like Tangerine Dream. The hypnotic bassline and captivating groove make it an instant classic, evoking a sense of time travel through its immersive soundscapes. It’s a testament to Hawkwind’s ability to create music that transcends eras, as this track would have been hailed as one of their best if released in the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, or beyond!
Exploring the Sonic Landscape:
“The Future Never Waits” is just the beginning of the album’s sonic exploration. The subsequent track, “The End,” surprises with its short, punky guitar riff and dreamy keyboards. The album delves deeper with “Aldous Huxley,” a moving track that intertwines spoken voices with Hawkwind’s trademark synth-driven sound. The emotional depth of this song, accompanied by its layered instrumentation, creates a truly captivating experience.
Witnessing Hawkwind’s Magic:
Another standout track, “They’re So Easily Distracted,” written by Magnus Martin, showcases Hawkwind’s ability to create an epic sound that stretches over 10 minutes. With its jazz fusion elements and mesmerizing piano, bass, and guitar solos, this song transports listeners to a sonic universe where time and space converge. The following tracks, “Rama (The Prophecy)” and “USB1,” continue to enchant with their dreamy guitar solos and synths, showcasing Hawkwind’s mastery of their craft.
A Journey Outside of Time:
The album reaches its peak with the track “Outside of Time,” lasting 7 minutes and 38 seconds. It features spoken word segments, tinkling keys, and guitars that seem to have been played in space. The layers of ambient transitions and grooves create an otherworldly atmosphere, leaving the listener completely entranced. “I Am Learning to Live Today,” another standout track, delivers a heavy riff accompanied by captivating synths.
As the album draws to a close, “Trapped In This Modern Age” provides a short yet impactful pop-rock song, showing Hawkwind’s versatility and their ability to explore different musical territories. This track serves as a perfect conclusion to an album that takes listeners on an immersive journey through Hawkwind’s signature sound.
“The Future Never Waits” is not only a must-have for Hawkwind fans but also an exceptional album for enthusiasts of Tangerine Dream, ambient groovy rock, sci-fi themes, and jazz fusion. It is a captivating hour and ten minutes of pure musical bliss. I wholeheartedly recommend this album to both long-time fans and newcomers alike. Whether you purchase it, stream it, or give it a listen, prepare to be transported to new dimensions and experience the magic of Hawkwind.
Hawkwind’s “The Future Never Waits” is a testament to the band’s enduring creativity and their ability to produce groundbreaking music throughout their long and illustrious career. This album stands out!
Phil Aston | Now Spinning Magazine