Supercar was an alternative/electronic rock band from Japan. While the two words, 'electronic' and 'alternative rock,' have become so closely integrated together ever since albums like Kid A were released and Pitchfork fanboys everywhere believed that said genre is the height of experimentation within the realm of alternative rock music, and that Radiohead had already established the pinnacle of said 'clashing of genres', nobody has probably even bothered to believe that there is any album better than their precious Kid A. Well, those people are wrong (and for two very important reasons). Kid A is overrated, and most people have never heard of Futurama.
While it is to my belief that Radiohead are no longer a relevant band, and that most of their material no longer interests me, it is hard to describe the sound of Supercar without mentioning some kind of British influence on their sound. Supercar is possibly the most British sounding band that has not come out of Britain, and while that may be the case, their sound is still heavily Japanese due to the highly futuristic aesthetic the album maintains. When William Gibson visited Japan and saw Shibuya, Tokyo, he described the scenery of modern Japan as 'cyberpunk.' While some songs off of Futurama contain a sort of melancholy mood to them, most of them do not really lean towards the side of cyberpunk which is nihilist and bleak, instead it leans towards the small glimpses of futuristic beauty beyond the mechanical and sterile.
Futurama is not as much of an album that is depicting the future as much as it is an album that is depicting progress into the future. And in that way, Futurama is still fresh 10 years later. It is an album that grows with you over time, rather than reaching for something that may or may not exist.
But not to bloat this album with it's apparently 'futuristic' themes, Futurama is an amazing pop album in it's own right. Harmonizing male/female vocals, blissed out almost 'shoegaze' like riffing mixed with heavy electronic undertones. Every song is different and complete in it's own right, but as an album in whole, it accomplishes something even more rewarding.