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Album Review

From romantic sitar on "Socha Socha" to light, delicate vocals on "Ocean of Love," and ranging across multiple continents for musical origins, Ancient Future's Planet Passion album offers a lot to be enthusiastic about. The band is the longest-performing world fusion group, having formed in 1978, yet they retain their inventiveness in developing new sound and style melds. "The Scalloped Fret and Scots Tune Mett" refers to bandleader Matthew Montfort's performance of "I Mett Her in the Medowe," a mysterious Scottish mandora melody from 1615, with "the ornaments and note bends of the scalloped fretboard guitar, an instrument combining aspects of the South Indian vina with the steel string guitar." Again, it's an elegant success. "Slavic Seduction" is a traditional Russian folksong and "Ne Po Pogrebu Bochonocheck" is about a young couple's first night together. It features vocals by artist Irina Mikhailova, which combine effectively, if almost eerily, with the band's Eastern sound. Meanwhile, "El Zaffa" brings in the Arabic influence of a lively wedding march, and becomes another of Ancient Future's excellent adaptations. "Forest Frolic (Bamboo Flute Magic)," the band's first release after a six-year hiatus, is a playful, spritely conjunction of bamboo flute work by two Asian flute virtuosos. Chinese multi-instrumentalist Liu Qi-Chao and Nepali bansuri master Manose Singh join efforts, and the result is truly splendid — joyous and lilting. What a welcome return for Ancient Future. Devotees of the best in world fusion will surely wish to add Planet Passion to their collections.

Customer Reviews

This Album Is Love

Matthew Montfort is a wonderful maestro who brings together the essential elements of musical passion on all his projects and this album, featuring world class musicianship, innovative song writing and delightful old folk tunes made new for the planet, is no exception and will definitely not dissapoint those with a tasteful musical palette.

A Love Story

Ancient Future is a band which plays world music. They have been around for quite a while and every one of their albums is worth giving a listen to. Some of their albums have been hard to find, so it's great to see them up on iTunes. Planet Passion is an album full of love songs crafted from different stories of love and its origins from around the world. The music is fantastic. It makes a great gift for somebody you care about. If you get a chance, see the band live. I had the good fortune to be given tickets to a concert of theirs in San Francisco. Their music made me smile!

A musical feast!

Total immersion in a fusion of world-cultural flavors. From spicy sitar-influenced melodic entrées to sweet as honey flute desserts, the Ancient Future menu will delight your aural palate with both familiar and exotic treats. I keep coming back for more!


Formed: 1978

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Ancient Future were formed in 1978 by guitarist Matthew Montfort. The band's inviting melodies, exotic instruments, and ethnic textures have helped...
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