The secrets to success are seldom revealed to the public, and rightfully so. The world would be far different if it were common knowledge how easy it is to make an emo album strike a chord in the hearts of many. Fraternities would change their macho ways and start offering yoga classes to their pledges. Truckers would learn how therapeutic it is to just let it go and cry. War would be replaced with passive-aggressive flirting. With the help of Marc Bianchi’s “Missed Medicine” from The Past Presents the Future, that day could be closer than you think.
On the fifth proper full-length in as many years from his Her Space Holiday moniker, Bianchi uncovers the secrets to emo on the album’s second song, “Missed Medicine.” Such a disclosure could easily put him on a handful of sensitive rockers’ hit lists. “I figured out the key to short-term success/ Just tell everyone that you’re clinically depressed,” he sings on “Missed Medicine.” Make a list of all the people that you’ve wronged/ Don’t ever call them back but use them in a song./ And if you’re lucky enough to have a parent pass away, pretend it broke your heart but never go their grave./ And it goes 1-2-3, easy as 1-2-3, let’s all exploit our misery.” That recipe, with some simple electronic beats and light butt-shaking melodies, can give you the key to every indie-rock girl’s heart.
What started as a side project as a diversion from the ever-tiring hardcore scene has now become Bianchi’s full-time musical personality. With a new record label (he moved to Wichita from Tiger Style and Mush), Bianchi continues to explore his love of spacey, pop electronica. This collection of light, introspective songs finds Bianchi in a similar neighborhood as his previous releases. Full of layered compositions and relatively catchy beats, Her Space Holiday is somewhere between Bright Eyes and Manitoba. And the slick pop production with a Jesus and Mary Chain vocal style can easily be compared to dozens of bands circulating the airwaves. But his rich and contemplative production gives Bianchi an original enough sound.
The Past Presents the Future uses simple musical spaces that include sparse guitar plucking and contagious bass rhythms with glitch-inspired beats. All the barriers of pop and electronica are touched on over these ten songs, and when mixed with Bianchi’s cleverly sensitive lyrics, a formula for emo-pop electronica is apparent. But Bianchi doesn’t seem to be traveling down any new paths. If nothing else, The Past Presents the Future is just as good a place as any for new listeners to familiarize themselves with Her Space Holiday. But if Bianchi’s lucky, this album may catch the ears of many, and it may not be long before thousands of bands are using his fleshly revealed secrets to emo success.