The Stockholm-based electronic duo Futurum was formed in the beginning of 2013 by Mattias Jonsson and Sæmundur Grettisson. Mattias had previously been the front man and composer of the band Automat, where Sæmundur also played keyboards. Now he approached Sæmundur, wanting to take a different musical direction with some new songs he had written. Sæmundur, a producer and musician who had been involved with Stockholm’s electronic music scene since the 1990’s, as a member of the music collective Moder Jords Massiva, and also with various bands such as The Chrysler, Hynek and others.
The band’s first demo (unreleased) was heavily influenced by post-punk artists like Devo and Gary Numan, with tongue-in-cheek punk-pop lyrics in Swedish. The song ”Dom andra” (released 2014 on Ingot recordings) gives an impression of what the band sounded like in the early days. In 2015, while on tour in Spain, the band evolved in a new direction. More and longer instrumental tracks were included in the set, and Mattias’ guitar playing was more rarely heard, allowing him to focus on experimenting with synthesizers.
A further step ahead in this evolution was Subte EP ( Ingot Recordings 2016). Not much of the punk-pop influences remained, with compositions influenced by funk and space-disco (Tempus), krautrock (Subte, Hajen) and house (Belladonna 2).
Inspired by the ideas of composers like Holger Czukay and Karlheinz Stockhausen, which Sæmundur had started using in his compositions for theater, the band turned towards a new direction where traditional song structures were abandoned in favor of longer, improvisational forms.
After a period of experimentation, the recording of the album Sundet began in early 2017. Mattias now abandoned the guitar altogether, and the group set up a temporary studio in an old cabin on Sollerön, by Lake Siljan in order to record the album. During a week of intense improvisation and recording, the raw material for the album was completed. More experimentation followed in the mixing process using old-school analog equipment and a hands-on mixing technique influenced by 1970’s dub mixing of Lee Scratch Perry, King Tubby and others.
The album ”Sundet” is released on November 9, 2018 on Messy Weekend Record, and Futurum will make a number of live performances following the release.