Rational Youth – “Future Past Tense” 10″ (2016)

Rational Youth were formed in 1981 by a pair of Kraftwerk-loving Canadians, Tracy Howe and Bill Vorn. They were active during the first half of the 1980s, then again in the second half of the 1990s, and yet again in the late 2000s. The six-song 10″ from 2016, Future Past Tense, is their most recent release.

Rational Youth have retained their synth-driven sound, and while the feel it a bit retro it’s also updated – at the very least the equipment seems more modern, even if the overall feel of songs like “In The Future” puts it firmly the 1980s, right down to how the samples are used.