Pretending to See the Future

“Secret” (Laura Watling)
“If You Leave” (Free Loan Investments)
“Tesla Girls” (F.K.A. Oedipusaurus Rex)

I bought Pretending to See the Future on a whim about 5 years ago when Shelflife Records had a moving sale (almost all CDs just one dollar! who could say no?) & while some tracks were certainly misses, there were others that were total hits.

Laura Watling’s “Secret” has a soft, ethereal sound. Her vocals are sweet but unassuming & accented nicely by the little bleeps and bloops in each chorus. Shelflife has sold out of all their Laura stuff, but you can still get a few comps that Laura contributed to from Tonevendor. If you’re a fan of Rose Melberg’s solo stuff, I would recommend searching out Laura’s full-length Early Morning Walk (actually, if anyone’s looking for it, I have a second copy.)

The Free Loan Investments’ version of “If You Leave” is sublime! The first time I heard it, I thought it was a touch too cutesy (I think because of the vocals), but the more I hear it, the more I love it. It’s energetic and definitely brings a different kind of life to the song. Free Loan Investments have a couple of releases still available through Shelflife: The Last Dance 7” and Ever Been to Mexico? CD EP.

Full disclosure: I don’t know a whole lot (read: anything) about F.K.A. Oedipusaurus Rex, but I do love their cover of “Tesla Girls.” I’m not intimately familiar with OMD’s back-catalogue, but in my mind, this is one of the songs on Pretending to See the Future that seems to stick a little closer to the original. F.K.A. Oedipusaurus Rex does have a MySpace where you can hear some more of their songs.

Pretending to See the Future is out of print and no longer available from Shelflife, but there are a few used copies lurking around on Amazon.

“Secret” (Laura Watling)
“If You Leave” (Free Loan Investments)
“Tesla Girls” (F.K.A. Oedipusaurus Rex)


About K.

25 year old book, comic, zine, and record enthusiast. Favorite things include: 7"s, books about teen sleuths, and rabbits.
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