Futureworld Orchestra – Mission Completed XL/Turning Point XL

Futureworld Orchestra - Mission Completed XL/Turning Point XL

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Futureworld Orchestra – Mission Completed XL/Turning Point XL
CD/LP/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, FutureWorld Records, 2022

Some 40 years after their initial release, these two classic synthpop albums -based on the original Dureco releases- are now finally available in full. It’s all due to the relentless and persistent efforts of Robert Pot. The latter -who always had the strong belief music brightens the future of our world- continued the band as FutureWorld Orchestra after he parted ways from his friend Gerto Heupink.

And what a very nice ride it is down memory lane, which made my thoughts go back to the thrilling moment I heard a demo of them broadcasted on Wim van Putten’s “LP en CD show”, a Dutch radio show. What a surprise to see that the demo is now added as one of the bonuses. The infectious track “Desire” is of course on the band’s sparkling debut.
It rotated heavily at the radio show De Avondspits by Dutch DJ Frits Spits and was most successful in the Dutch charts as well as abroad. Tracks in a similar vein (and by the record firm maybe meant as suitable follow-ups for Desire”) are “Don´t go away” and “Miracles”.

Above all, Future World’s overall sound is warm, highly accessible, and accompanied by some powerful acoustic drums. The emotive “Happy Moments” (and in a lesser sense “Hypnos”) is still able to touch a soft spot I developed for it long ago. On top of that, I´m glad the title track of “Mission Completed” with its lovely bass line and the lush solo at the end is finally available in digital form, as I sorely missed it on the ’86 “Best of..” compilation.

And then there’s the quite Jarre-Esque “Roulette”, the catchy opener of “Turning Point”. Although the poppy tracks on the latter don’t hold up as strong as those on the band’s debut album, the recording contains some contemplative moments by means of the nicely molded spherescapes “Dawn”, “July 23” and “Sundown”.

As a side note, I have never been too keen on extra tracks added to original albums, but I imagine they might make sense to avid synth-pop fans to some extent.

Website: futureworldorchestra.com



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