Written By: Michelle Doering
Originality: (5.0 / 5) Vocals/Flow: (5.0 / 5) Lyrics: (4.5 / 5) Production: (5.0 / 5) Average: (4.9 / 5)
Well, here we are again.
Superfruit’s Future Friends Part 2 is out and it’s just as magical as part one.
Tonally, I feel like the two halves of the album are quite different, but they also work together really nicely. Both have elements of each, but part one seems to focus a lot more on fun and nostalgia while part two focuses a bit more on serious feelings and emotions. I think that it’s a really cool choice stylistically, especially if you’re listening to the whole thing at once. It starts off with a blast of fun energy and then you slowly grow more invested as the album progresses. Also, of the seven songs provided in part two, almost all of them are romance-centered, which is interesting.
My favorite song from this half has to be “Goodbye From Lonely.” It’s smooth and harkens back to Mitch and Scott’s acapella roots with the organic snapping sounds. The song is just so pretty and they both sound like angels. It’s a song that makes your heart squeeze just a tiny bit. It’s different from what I’ve grown to expect from them, but I really really like it.
Switching gears, there’s also “Guy.exe, ” which is, as the kids like to say, a bop. This one is an incredible party song. The synth is killer, the vocal range is insane, and the chorus is incredibly ear-wormy. Put this on and fun times will follow. I wanna get blackout drunk while listening to this, and I know that sounds bad, but I mean it as a compliment.
Next up we have “Fantasy”, featuring my beloved Amber J. Liu. I cannot express to you how excited I was when I heard that my western faves and my K-pop fave were doing a song together, and I’m happy to report that it does not disappoint. It reminds me of a less rugged Ke$ha song with very particular phrasing and speak-singing over-top of a dance beat. I have to say though, the Amber section is the best part of the song. She sings and raps and it’s amazing.
The final song I’d like to highlight is “Keep Me Coming.” I love the beat in this one. It’s a very sultry song with interesting inflections and some odd musical choices that I think really paid off. It’s the kind of song that builds and never lulls and always keeps you on your toes.
So that’s Future Friends Part 2. If I had to pick, I’d say that I still prefer part one just a little bit, but everything those guys make is golden. Definitely worth the listen.