In the chemical makeup of pure, uncut nostalgia there is always a heavy component of innocence. Innocence lost, innocence revisited, innocence of the existence of nostalgia itself. But more than that, the pleasant state of nostalgia relies on a certain degree of present tense innocence. The guilt ridden escapist nostalgia is perhaps best left to the reactionaries in their eternal revanchist fever dream. But I digress.
Innocence has always formed a key part of the Balearic sound. It simultaneously evokes a time of intense hedonism that in itself exists on the threshold of innocence. But more than that its the island cluster itself that permeates the best Balearic records. You can hear the beaches and the sea, perpetually washing themselves clean of the pesky humans that come in turn to perpetually lose their innocence.
With his International Feel label, Mark Barrott has been curating a certain form of Balearic nostalgia with effortless grace. One rooted as much in the islands’ wilderness as its hedonistic nightlife. Yet with Philipp Lauer and Gerd Janson in tow, Talamanca System have perhaps moved the dial slightly towards the club and away from the birds. Although this is a club that perhaps never existed. A club of pure innocence where the sun perpetually sits on the horizon. A club without the managed decline of democracy hollowing out the future of its patrons. A club before the fall then, a club outside of history.
My Past is Your Future then is full of hope. A gift of piano arpeggios and choral samples; of kick drums rounded off into a caress. We can but hope that this, this past is our future.
Talamanca System’s My Past is your Future EP is out next Friday. It’ll be followed by an album in May whose birth-of-summer timing couldn’t be more perfect.