Ancient Melodies of the Future is the fifth full-length album released
by indie rock band Built to Spill. The album was recorded at Bear
Creek in Woodinville, Washington. With Ancient Melodies of the
Future, Built to Spill expanded on the big sound that they crafted
with »Keep It Like a Secret«. »In Your Mind« is a beautiful track with
its Far Eastern guitar lines and thumping beat. »Alarmed« spirals into
a satisfying guitar and keyboard noise jam, while »Happiness« is like
a speeding car – it has the intensity, rush, and twanging swagger of
an automobile race. The album closes with »The Weather«, a
shimmering love song that begins with a resonant acoustic guitar.
The narrator describes being »outside in the cool night, and the
stars gravitate towards you.« These few lyrics are a fitting
description of Built to Spill, a band that goes on and on, always
changing, always moving forward, but somehow always staying the
same – familiar and comforting – as they carry the ancient melodies
of personal histories, theirs and yours, into the future.