I was super excited to stumble onto this free download while digging through Noistrade’s back stock this last weekend. Future In Forestry has been on the scene for quite a while now, offering a more progressive version of the pop rock that has been prevalent in the industry lately. Its atmospheric and driving; like a mix of Sleeping At Last, U2, and the lighter sides of Thrice. More incredible is that it is the work, primarily, of one man, Eric Owyoung.
There is rarely a song that simply fits within the typical ‘band sound’ of bass, drums, and guitars. The songs are composed with counteractive melodies and intricate rhythms that give them an ethereal quality. Orchestral elements such as strings, timpani, pipe organ, and taiko drum are only a few instruments that lend their voice to such a unique sound. “I consider myself more like a conductor rather than in a band,” says Eric Owyoung. “My classical background taught me not to look so much at the singularity of the musician, but at the bigger picture, the music ‘scape’ that is being created by a collaborative team.”
After a few years on a major label, Owyoung has been quietly releasing EPs that out shine most of the rock that is being played on the radio. This year, he released Young Man Follow EP, and has decided to give it away as a gift. Listen below, consider donating, and enjoy.