Ancient Future ist die zweite Zusammenarbeit des visionären Pianisten Ryuichi Sakamoto (Yellow Magic Orchestra, und dem Pionier elektronischer Musik, Christopher Willits. Sakamoto sendete nach der Veröffentlichung des ersten Albums, Ocean Fire (2008), eine Serie von Piano Elementen zu Willits. Die sechs Stücke von Ancient Future sind komplett instrumental and transportieren die Essenz dessen was es bedeutet, ein Mensch zu sein.
Ancient Future is the second collaboration between visionary pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto and electronic pioneer
Christopher Willits. Built around a series of piano pieces that Sakamoto sent to Willits after the release of the duo's
first record together, 2008's Ocean Fire, the six tracks that make up Ancient Future are entirely instrumental - and yet, they speak about the very essence of what it means to be human. As a whole, Ancient Future functions as a piece about the creation, acceptance and completion of one's fate and all of life's experiences, following a trajectory through inner conflict, resolution and, ultimately, acceptance. The six-song cycle moves through a narrative of sorts, each piece with a story to tell and an aspect of life to explore. The album opens with the restless energy of "Reticent Reminiscence", an energy that subsides into the introversion of "Abandoned Silence" and "I Don't Want to Understand" and, eventually, the cold disassociation of "Levitation". A certain warmth returns with "Releasing", its guitar arpeggios like washes of sunlight, and the album's journey finally resolves into closing track "Completion", a piece that's full of quietly melancholy tranquility, perhaps reflecting the experience of finally coming to know oneself.