‘The mood is enigmatic, Ballardian, with electronics twisted into unconventional structures. Urban poetry for the English edgelands.’ 7/10 Uncut Magazine
‘Ideal Home shows the value of keeping the emotional shades down and the ambient temperature cool.’ MOJO
“A sharp and sparkling album of futuristic beauty.” Louder Than War
‘Impressive . . . yep, this is going to f*** with some heads.’ Classic Pop Magazine
Out NOW on Blanc Check records – Near Future’s stunning debut, Ideal Home is finally released on Vinyl, CD and Digital formats – also available to stream in full here on Bandcamp. Rising in its acclaim, it has been getting airplay from BBC 6 Music’s Nemone, and Gideon Coe.
With their debut album ‘Ideal Home’ already announced for 26.05.18 on Neil’s own label – Blanc Check Records, Near Future (Bernholz and Neil Arthur) give one of their first in-depth interviews with Louder Than War about the new project and album, and forthcoming live tour.
You can hear the first tracks to be released ‘Ideal Home / Overwhelmed’ here:
Bernholz has been collaborating with Neil Arthur of Blancmange.
Their new project is called ‘Near Future'; the duo have produced music and artwork through a series of timed email exchanges, resulting in the angular, percussive ‘Ideal Home’ as their debut single. The shared vocals and atmospheric production (with lyrics by Bernholz) maintain a balance between cold, detached observation and human feeling. The track has already received airplay courtesy of Gideon Coe on BBC 6Music.
Meanwhile, the B-side ‘Overwhelmed’ is more emotional. A quietly moving piece of music written and recorded by Bernholz, the track inspired Neil Arthur to write the words, take the lead vocal and add some further loops and sounds.