Headless Relatives – “The Future”


Infusing elements of psych-tinged folk, “The Future” is an intriguing track from Headless Relatives, a project from upstate New York. “The Future” is about The Amazing Criswell, an American psychic who appeared as the narrator in cult 1959 Ed Wood film Plan 9 from Outer Space. Frolicking acoustics and passionate vocals meld alongside nostalgic vocal samples, for a stellar and creative effect. Psych-friendly guitar tones approaching two-minute mark also play with an enamoring mystique. This is an oddly consuming success from Headless Relatives.

The artist elaborates more on the track’s background below:

“On a whim one day, I decided to write a song about Ed Wood and his notoriously bad (in the most entertaining way) 1959 film “Plan 9 from Outer Space.” As I started digging, however, I got distracted by the man who provides the framing narration: The Amazing Criswell. In addition to providing his voice to Ed Wood’s nonsensical dialogue, Criswell was also a well-known psychic who made astonishingly specific (and wildly inaccurate) predictions about a whole host of things. And so I changed my plans, and this song is the result.”

“The Future” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2020’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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