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Synthpop duo Architrave have released their new album, Future Ruins. On the heels of their 2020 lockdown effort This Perfect Day, it deals with the aftermath of quarantine. Many used last year’s shutdown as a time of introspection, leading to all sorts of epiphanies and life changes. Each song grapples with some aspect of the pandemic’s psychological effects, from the news cycle to social distancing. Made up of husband-wife duo Paul Coleman and Jennifer Maher Coleman, Architrave is based in Ballston Spa.
Album opener, “Blissed Out” deals with the phenomenon of doomscrolling—obsessively checking bad news, something of an international pastime throughout the pandemic. The lyrics emphasize how unhealthy this practice is, opting to spend time with a loved one instead.
Future Ruins’ next track, “Crown Shyness,” uses the evolutionary patterns of trees as a metaphor for social distancing. At the album’s halfway point, “Loved and Lost” tells the story of a couple who feel like strangers. Its dreamy instrumental evokes sci-fi films like Blade Runner and Tron.
Penultimate track “Slice of Life” details the monotony and boredom of quarantine, searching for something unique as the days bleed together. With its darkwave influences, it would fit right in on Depeche Mode’s Violator.