Lifeforms is a 1994 double album by experimental electronica group The Future Sound of London. With time, it has become their best-known album and is considered to be an important and influential classic of avante garde electronic music.
It achieved commercial success and produced hit singles such as "Cascade" and "Lifeforms".
FSOL created this around the same time as they were finishing Tales of Ephidrina, and the more complex, ambient direction they were taking resulted in Lifeforms.. The artwork also progressed from previous works, with soon to be familiar images of the "Devil Girl" Shaueen Ta, and the "Spike" computer model – sometimes referred to as the Electronic Brain – appearing on the sleeve for the first time.
The album was certified Silver (over 60,000 units sold) by British Phonographic Industry (BPI).
Future Sound of London's LIFEFORMS double LP is an exquisite exploration of two CDs of ambient and organic sounds.
While the opening track, "Cascade," may be the most recognizable, due to its place in Sasha and John Digweed's NORTHERN EXPOSURE collaboration, it is will "Ill Flower" that the album begins to truly unfold. The first disc ends with the shocking (because of the first vocals of the whole album) "Among Myselves."
The second disc is certain the more active of the two, with its threatening "Vertical Pig" and beautiful "Elaborate Burn."
The musical structure of LIFEFORMS is ever elusive and the listener who tries to consciously grasp it all will miss the attractiveness of the album. It is as background music or drift-off-to-sleep sounds that the true emotional power comes forth.