Listened FutureNever from Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

FutureNever is the second studio album by Australian musician Daniel Johns, released on 22 April 2022 through BMG Music Australia. It was announced in December 2021 and initially scheduled for release on 1 April 2022[3] until it was delayed to 22 April to include the song “Emergency Calls Only”.[4] Johns stated that he did not want to release any singles before the album as he intended it to “be enjoyed as an album”.

FutureNever is Daniel Johns’ new album. His latest since Dreams with Luke Steele. It continues with his break from expectations and desire for a past, while also celebrating that which makes Johns’ the artist he is. As Johns shared in a letter written prior to the release of the album, it is a collision of the past, present and future.

FutureNever is a place where your past, present and future collide – in the FutureNever the quantum of your past experiences become your superpower

Michael Dwyer suggests that FutureNever has more darkness, less varnish and more stylistic confusion.

Manic may be the best single-word answer to describe his new album. FutureNever has some of the whimsical, baroque threads of his last few albums – The Dissociatives with Paul Mac, his own Talk, DREAMS with Empire of the Sun’s Luke Steele – but a lot more darkness. There’s more purge, less varnish, more stylistic confusion and a default pitch that seems to come from the thick of struggle rather than the bliss of creative liberation.

While Andrew Trendell argues that what makes FutureNever ‘unmistakably Johns’ is the sense of vulnerability, curiosity and adventure.

While there’s a lot of Daniel Johns at his best here, this isn’t ‘The Best Of Daniel Johns’. There’s rock bravado throughout, but you won’t get a whiff of ‘Frogstomp’. Styles and eras clash, but ‘Neon Ballroom’ it ain’t. There is, however, a vulnerability, curiosity and adventure that makes ‘FutureNever’ unmistakably Johns. That kid who once asked you to wait for tomorrow is living in it today.

Nathan Jolly explains how the album sounds like a ‘number of separate projects played on shuffle’.

FutureNever feels like a number of separate projects played on shuffle. There are four songs that seem like offcuts from an aborted operetta, a few dance collaborations that belong on Ministry of Sound mixes, and a handful of tracks that split the difference between the slinky electro of his debut solo album, Talk, and his bright and loopy Dissociatives work with Paul Mac. There’s also a lot more guitar shredding than expected, despite this being very much not a guitar record.

Tyler Jenke elaborates on this in a Rolling Stone profile, in which he explains how the album is a combination of three different ideas.

Never one to stop writing or composing (he admits to having thousands of demos around the place), three separate records (which will remain unheard) had managed to make themselves apparent over the years. One, dubbed “The Modern Punk Record”, featured an electronic punk sound; another—”The Opera Record”—was self-explanatory; while “The Modern Electronica Record” featured the sort of futuristic R&B sound he had ventured into with 2015’s Talk.

Johns explains that he is not cohesive and that the album reflects who he is.

“I’m sure I’m going to get slayed in the press, because it doesn’t sound cohesive,” he admits, casually brushing off memories of past criticisms. “But I’m not cohesive.

“Some people are going to be perplexed because it’s not an experience of a record that I’ve ever done before. It’s more a collection of stuff that I’ve been doing while everyone thought I was dormant.”

At the end of the day, writing for Johns is about figuring things out.

I write music because I’m trying to figure out ways to get the shapes in my head into a sonic form. I don’t think I’ll ever stop because I don’t think I’ll ever get what I want.

Listened Who is Daniel Johns? The hit podcast untangling Silverchair’s enigmatic frontman from theguardian.com

Johns has had a difficult relationship with the media and is notoriously averse to interviews – possibly because the few he does are always such high-stakes affairs. Last time he was in the public eye he was being grilled by Andrew Denton on national TV; now he’s letting podcasters into his childhood bedroom to fossick through his teenage diaries. Kudos to podcast creators Kaitlin Sawrey, Amelia Chappelow and Frank Lopez for getting this level of access without some sort of elaborate heist.

Kaitlin Sawrey, Amelia Chappelow and Frank Lopez reclaim Daniel Johns narrative from myth and innuendo. It was interesting to get a different perspective of Johns’ music and some of the thinking behind it, including trashing the recordings of an early album. I was also intrigued by Johns’ lack of interest with technology.

Although I was intrigued by the conversations with Paul Mac, Natalie Imbruglia, Van Dyke Parks and Julian Hamilton, I felt that voices of Billy Corgan and Kevin Parker were a bit token. This is one of the things that I have enjoyed about Damian Cowell’s podcast, other than an episode involving Tony Martin, the names feel like context.

One of the funny things about this podcast is that I had to listen to it on Spotify. This then lead to a whole series of recommendations by Spotify around podcast.

Listened Daniel Johns’ songs that made him from ABC Radio

Silverchair to The Dissociatives, symphony orchestras to electronic production, Daniel Johns’ musical journey has been broad. One of Australia’s great songwriters shares the five songs that made him, and reveals what a super fan he himself is with his favourite bands.

Deep Purple – “Black Night”
Big Black – “Bad Penny”
Nirvana – “Scentless Apprentice”
Bjork – “Joga”
James Blake – “Unluck”

Listened ‘NO ONE DEFEATS US’ THE ALBUM IS OUT NOW – DREAMS from DREAMS

The long awaited collaboration between two iconic Australian artists Daniel Johns (aka Dr Dreams) and Luke Steele (akaMiracle) has arrived.

No One Defeats Us is hard to place. I have spent a week listening to it and am drawn in, but lost for words to explain it. In part by the expectations of past outputs, with both having made their names in rock bands. Part dance, part electronica, part pop, it is an album that references the past, but still feels centred now. Whereas Johns’ last album Talk was consistent throughout, that has gone with this album. Where both are similar is the effort to (re)make identity.

I feel that No One Defeats Us is one of those albums that has something for everyone, but can be a challenge in its entirety.


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