Future Elevators – Modern World (Single)Release Date: September 11, 2015
Future Elevators’ “Modern World” is universal in every sense of the world. For the first single from the Alabama band’s self-titled debut, frontman Michael Shackelford (The Grenadines) found inspiration watching old episodes of Carl Sagan’s legendary documentary Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. The celestial visuals—planets spinning in space, clusters of stars imploding—inspired the song’s zero-gravity groove: It’s a space jam powered by a roomy dub beat and shimmery indie-pop synths, which makes “Modern World” an apt introduction to Future Elevators’ anything-goes aesthetic.
Cosmos also posed some intriguing philosophical questions, which Shackelford pondered as he pieced the song together at the local studio owned and operated by Communicating Vessels. “Think about all the crazy shit you can do these days,” he says. “You can fly around the world at a moment’s notice. In the past hundred years, technology has made everything seem possible. I wanted to write a pop song that was universal, and at the end of the day the thing we all have in common with one another is that we’re all on this rock going around in circles.”