ABOUT FORESEEABLE FUTURES
If road trips and passing scenery had a sound of their own, it would be Foreseeable Futures, an acoustic folk duo whose dream-like harmonies evoke influences like First Aid Kit, Johnny Swim, and The Civil Wars. Hailing from Honolulu, Hawaii, Foreseeable Futures’ music bridges the borders of Americana ballads, the heartfelt strains of the indie acoustic genre, and the rhythmic, soaring hooks of pop.
Though Phil Potter (guitar, vocals) and Anna Sachs (vocals, harmonica, melodica) have spent almost their entire lives involved in music, their two years together as a band have culminated in Foreseeable Futures’ full-length debut album, set to release in Winter 2015. The duo will hold a release party for their single, Right Back, on Wednesday, September 16 at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theater. This party will mark the launch of the Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording of their full-length album.
The duo is excited to finally produce their recorded original music. “It is something that I have wanted to do for a long time, but it was also a source of dread, because… you have to have something you think is worth saying,” Potter confesses about the songwriting process, which first began with the couple’s start of a kindling romance, which was captured in their first original song, By and Bye. Christina O’Connor of Metro HNL describes the song as “[…] a hauntingly beautiful, softly twangy ballad about grappling with love […]”
In a dim karaoke room almost three years ago, Phil Potter and Anna Sachs first realized that the combination of their voices together was something both thrillingly novel yet comfortingly familiar. At the time, Potter had been searching for a musical partner to explore his growing interest in slow heartfelt songs, like those of Ryan Adams and the Civil Wars . Potter and Sachs found they shared a passion for simple harmonies and earnest songwriting, and they aspired to create a similar sound as their acoustic folk influencers.
Foreseeable Futures developed their sound by playing acoustic covers around Honolulu’s open mic circuit and quickly began to pick up momentum by writing their own songs and collaborations with established groups like Discord & Rye and the Maneki Nekos . They owe their success to date to a loyal local following and the support of venues like Bevy, Downbeat Diner, Fresh Café, Anna O’Briens, and REAL Gastropub, among others. They also enjoy playing events like pop-up dinners & weddings.
The duo has achieved several major goals to date, including entering the Kaua`i Music Festival Songwriting Contest and passing on to the final round held at Hard Rock Café Honolulu. They also performed at The Republik, joined by 4 of their collaborators on cello, upright bass, drums, and rhythm guitar.
With the upcoming release of their debut full-length album, Foreseeable Futures will have realized at last their goal of creating a sound that focuses on honest songwriting, as influenced by their shared love of folk, indie, and pop.
Photographer: Kristin Kirkley
Festival: Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, 2012