Future Ruins is the latest recording from upstate New York duo Architrave, featuring Jennifer Maher Coleman and Paul Coleman. The 10 song L.P., which will be released on November 12th, takes the duo in a new, innovative direction filled with luscious soundscapes, infectious bass-lines, and complex beats. While Architrave forge a unique sound of their own, Future Ruins hints at influences like PiL and Wire, particularly in Paul Coleman’s bass and guitar lines.
While their 2020 release, This Perfect Day was dystopian and sometimes broadly political in its themes, Future Ruins reflects pandemic isolation and the individual self-reflection that ensued on a massive scale. The first single, Blissed Out, is a wild expression of our present-day need to tear ourselves away from our lonely doom-scrolling and reconnect with others in a deep, even rapturous way. Its ecstatic rhythms, anthemic synthesizers, and pleading vocals convey the human drive to find joy in the darkest times.
Architrave is husband-and-wife duo Jennifer Maher Coleman and Paul Coleman (also of Haley Moley and Sinkcharmer). Informed by darkwave, 80’s new-wave, and sci-fi soundscapes, Architrave’s post-punk guitar and basslines and lush synths provide a landscape for themes of isolation, love, and dystopian unease.