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Past and Future Self

by Mystery Friends

Equal parts dance rock and dream pop, Past and Future Self is a musical journey exploring the questions all people face: who we were, who we want to be, and how that defines who we are now.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. See Right Through
3:17 $1.25
2. Public Figures
2:56 $1.25
3. Locked Eyes
5:26 $1.25
4. Past and Future Self
4:22 $1.25
5. Passing Phase
4:17 $1.25
6. Empty Nostalgia
3:31 $1.25
7. Low (feat. Color Palette)
3:56 $1.25
8. Disappear
5:59 $1.25
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
The album, written in medias res starts with See Right Through, which, through album placement, joyous sounding chord progressions, and cutting lyrics, symbolizes that feeling of hesitation in your gut buried deep beneath the excitement and naivety felt before stepping outside of your comfort zone and opening yourself to an experience – whatever it may be. In Past & Future Self, the story told is that of a young relationship.

The second track, Public Figures, is a chaotic track filled with energy and a sense of invincibility that a young, single person feels as “real life” truly is getting rolling. The staccato instrumentation and flowy vocals paint the imagery of experiencing freedom in a city, by filling the background with flashy bells and whistles in a random and eccentric fashion as the legato lyrics provide a wide-eyed feel as you take in everything happening around you. By the chorus (“It’s just a race!”), you’ve found your footing, grabbed hold, and are clutching on to the wild ride that is the newest chapter of your life.

Locked Eyes begins the album narrative. As the title of the song implies, this track is a story of the first time seeing someone who truly stands out amongst the crowd. It’s the inexplicable pull felt towards a total stranger, the first clear cut moment when the city lights, rambunctious crowds, and all other distractions fade away as if the room were empty save the two of you. The song is soothing and beautiful but doesn’t portray that invincibility felt during Public Figures. The verse has a heartbeat drum track – the quiet mental state where you are building the courage and taking the final sip of your drink, before walking over with your stomach in your chest like dropping off the first crest of a roller coaster. The chorus portrays the excitement created by just a single conversation. Whereas Public Figures portrays a sort of reckless fun, Locked Eyes strips that away and in a hypnotic sense, this feeling replaces it all.

The album title track, Past & Future Selves, has a smooth and dreamy feel. As any relationship starts, it’s easy to show off the part of yourself that you wish you were – but with this person, you don’t need to do that. Playing it cool isn’t what you want here, the honesty of being who you are is perfect. It’s comforting to be this open with her, and with yourself. This song encapsulates the first few months of the relationship, the carefree days you would never change - “I don’t want to go to sleep when life is already a dream.”

The B side of the album begins with I knew Better. I Knew Better is dark. It’s a doleful song, slowly drifting through space forcing reflection that is bitter but necessary. The intro is lonely and heavy-hearted – a feeling which leaves you waiting and wanting for the light at the end of the tunnel. Truth is, that light won’t appear if you sit in the tunnel waiting for it. You need to keep trudging onward – keep walking. As the song kicks it up a notch, you learn to leave that self-inflicted pity behind. The emotional blisters turn to callouses and you keep walking through that darkness because you know it’s the only way out.

Empty Nostalgia isn’t a breakup song, per se, but a song that dives into that reflection everyone does after a relationship ends. We often tell ourselves things were better or look at the past with rose colored glasses but there is usually a point where we stop kidding ourselves. It’s then where people realize nostalgia for an imperfect pass isn’t worth the energy. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but hopefully, in this song at least, the kind you can dance to.

Low, a collaborative effort between Mystery Friends, Jay of Color Palette, and Lela of Del Florida, is the sharp 180 brought about by shedding any self-pity. Sometimes people can do it on their own, other times they have support. Whatever it boils down to, this song represents the moment you’re finally BACK. The experience has changed you and all you can hope for is that it’s for the better. When all is said and done, you won’t pretend it never happened, but you won’t let it hold you down any longer.

Disappear is the final sigh of relief of the album. It’s sitting in the grass as the sun comes up and high wears off. The dust is settling, your feet hurt, and you can finally feel peace and reflect. Neither the dream nor the darkness lasted and as the night turns to dawn, you can finally look forward knowing that the odyssey doesn’t end here.



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