Future of Forestry – Travel III
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3.9 (7 votes)

Artist: Future of Forestry

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Album: Travel III

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Label: Credential Recordings

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Release Date: June 29, 2010

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Reviewer: Eric Pettersson

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  1. Bold and Underlined
  2. Working to Be Loved
  3. Did You Lose Yourself?
  4. Protection
  5. Horizon Rainfall
  6. Your Day’s Not Over
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Starting in May 2009, Future of Forestry released three EPs, each with six songs dealing with the general theme of travel. The third and final installment of the Travel Series came June 2010, and for some strange reason it went under the radar here at IVM. I am correcting that now, with a review of Travel III, at Brandon’s request.

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While the three EPs do not necessarily focus on a different aspect of Future of Forestry’s sound in the way that Thrice’s Alchemy Index did, Travel III does immediately stand out as being the most electronic and fun. It’s quite a change from their 2007 debut, Twilight, which was filled with sprawling indie rock landscapes of lush U2 and Radiohead influenced tunes. This time around, the record begins with “Bold and Underlined,” notable for its rollicking guitar riff and pounding drums (think The Black Keys or House of Heroes). Due to the heavy incorporation of electronic sounds within a basic pop rock song, as well as Eric Owyoung’s vocal styling, Travel III often reminds me of Jars of Clay after they reinvented themselves in 2009. The bass is heavy throughout, putting most of these songs into that rare category of pop rock music that could be played at a dance club. It also reminds me of Beck and Cake.

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Overall: Future of Forestry have proven their talent from the start, but Travel III shows that the band is also able to stretch themselves by playing in new territory, succeeding at a more upbeat sound than what they have done in the past. This EP is fun and creative, with enough electronic rock energy to get you moving.

Future of Forestry - Travel III, 3.9 out of 5 based on 7 ratings

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8 Responses to 'Future of Forestry – Travel III'

  1. joe says:

    it really reminds me of In Rainbows.

  2. Luke94 says:

    dude all these travel EP’s are so great, its a lot of fun to listen to them in succession. super talented dudes and the tunes are so catchy

  3. Korman says:

    Finally picked these up a coupla months ago (they were cheap $4 bucks a piece) and must say that the Travel EPs are definitely worth picking up and listening to.

  4. matt says:

    I would give this way more than a 7. However, I wouldn’t have after only a few listens. I thought this was by far the worst of the 3 Travel EPs for awhile. But I have to say, it REALLY grows on you. At least it did on me.

  5. Travel III definitely had to grow on me some… I loved II so much, but this came along and blew it out of the water. This is far and away the best Travel installment and maybe FOF’s best work to date. It’s near-amazing stuff to be found in the Christian market, and it’s among the best projects of 2010. Long live FOF!

    • I’m a 180 with ya. I thought this was their worst work to date. Heck from Twilight to Travel III I feel like it’s been a constant downward spin. Not steep though but gradually.

    • Honestly, I felt Travel I was their worst, mostly because they were still figuring out what to do with this EP concept. I liked “Traveler’s Song” a LOT, but the rest of it felt like weird, abstract stuff that didn’t captivate me at all and bored me to death instead. I can understand one liking the style of Twilight best, and I gotta admit, there are aspects of it that I miss that I wish they still implemented, but they’ve really expanded their repertoire over the last few years to be something pretty different and interesting. I reeeeally hope their next project is a full-length, though! :)

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