Juno : A Future Lived In Past tense
Excellent post-hardcore skills. From America...
They may have emerged from the US punk scene, but Juno are as concerned
with lush atmospheres as blazing intensity. On this, their second album,
they lace their brand of melancholy emocore with elemntal ambience to
While capable of fury, Juno prefer to exercise restraint, only occasionally
allowing themselves bouts of noisy catharsis. ‘Covered With Hair’ and ‘You
Are The Beautiful Conductor Of This Orchestra’ are full-tilt balls of rage
which hint at Husker Du and At The Drive In, but the scope of Juno’s ambition
is more fully demonstrated on the album’s more reflective moments. Most
astounding is the epic ‘The French Letter’, slowly evolving over ten minutes
to explore (with surprising success)the terrain between Fugazi and Pink
Frontman Arlie Carstens’ lyrics balance weighty contemplation with
deft storytelling, most evident on the spoken-word piece “Things Gone And
Things still Here”. Throughout the record, he obsesses over the passage
of time and the nature of human existence, summoning up enough regret and
paranoia to brand Juno a post-hardcore Radiohead.
‘A Future Lived In Past Tense’ is a stunning record. With each play it reveals
more and more, becoming increasingly overwhelming. You’ll have little choice
but to succumb.