33 years after its first release and the latest Van Der Graaf Generator recording has just come out, a noisy (albeit sax-less) triumph, Hammill is still pushing boundaries and trying new things. So, why look back? Well, I'm not sure this is looking back. Listening to Future Now in this present, it still sounds fresh and in some ways groundbreaking. Listen to the strange rhythms and sounds pulsing along behind A Motor-Bike in Afrika, the strange phased and sweeping guitars on The Cut, it's not showing its age at all.
As for the subject matter: time, aging, the business and the world out there - still relevant. There are still people out there pushing thirty and wondering what comes next. The music business still ensnares the unwary with the trappings of success and a sterile pope still proscribes the pill.
Timeless, ageless - a classic