In light of “Throwback Thursday” or “#tbt” which involves posting something that has nostalgic value, we at RunTheMill wanted to turn this popular convention on its head. This weekly posting will share a song that is either ahead of its time or attempts to push us out of our comfort sound zone.

Public Service Broadcasting – “Gagarin”

The new album by Public Service Broadcasting, “Race For Space” fits succinctly within our “Futuristic Friday” theme. 1) It’s otherworldly. “Gagarin” features radio or TV clips describing the first man to journey into outer space and orbit the earth, Russian astronaut Yuri Alkseyevich Gagarin. 2) It’s infectiously funky. That horn section. 3) See video. I definitely see a resemblance to the Capital Cities’ jam “Farrah Fawcett Hair,” below. Happy weekend.

Marika Hackman – “Ophelia”

“I am on my hands and knees
Bending at the heart of me
Hiding in the midnight of my soul
Please don’t break the shell that I call home”

In “Ophelia,” Marika’s loneliness takes form in many different ways: the guitar strums on the 2nd and 4th beats, the distance of her voice from the microphone, the eerie vibrato, the lack of a full drum set, just to name a few. All of these sounds together create a deep, dark, beautiful misery.