VARIOUS ARTISTS “Infinite Futures” 2xC60 (Full Spectrum)

If there are indeed infinite possible futures from the present on, maybe we could have figured that out a while back and not hurtled down the present/future that we’re in, the one where everything sucks and people are sick and dying? I’m just saying – seems like we made some pretty bad decisions as a human race along the way to get where we are. But here’s the good news: we don’t have to stay on this path – we can enact a future where we get past all of this and realize that long-sought-after “better tomorrow.”

Full Spectrum realized that a little over ten years ago. The erstwhile North Carolina label (now based in Littlefield, Texas) run by Andrew Weathers (who’s mastered pretty much every tape you own) started off with no plan, just the starry-eyed mission to release cassette tapes of music that they liked. Before anyone knew it, an entire decade had passed, and Weathers decided to do something to commemorate it. Enter Infinite Futures, a massive double cassette set that pits artists who have released music on the label against each other … well, more like puts them in the same room together to see if they can coexist. Turns out they can. (This is pre-COVID.)

I think we can safely say that Full Spectrum has made more correct choices than not along the way, and Infinite Futures is certainly a reflection of that. These long-form pieces all adhere to the freewheeling experimental spirit exemplified by Weathers and cohorts, those who have blazed the trail from then till now. There’s all kinds of great stuff here – from electronic excursions to ambient explorations to skyrocketing guitar crescendos to jazzy whirlwinds, Infinite Futures scratches pretty much whatever itch you happen to have at any given moment, maybe even several of them at once! Truly, the results speak to imagining the amazing possibilities inherent in fruitful collaboration. Some might say there are infinite possibilities … infinite futures

Plus, most of these songs are in the ten-minute range – I’d be surprised if the average time of all the tracks wasn’t ten minutes. Ten minutes, ten years? Parallelism!