10 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Future Island’s fourth album and debut for 4AD deserves the title Singles since it does play out like an album of individual tracks with great commercial potential all joined as one. The Baltimore trio’s powerful sound is based in synths and electric basslines, from J. Gerrit Welmers and William Cashion, respectively. Together, they layer and push forward an orchestrated groove that’s both modern and steeped in the tradition of Philly soul, glam rock, and postpunk. Singer Samuel T. Herring—a stage hound who captures the audience’s imagination with the movements of a boxer—provides a soulful croon on record that can turn into a virile growl. It’s Joy Division as ballet for “Back in the Tall Grass” and Blue Nile/Talk Talk/Roxy Music for the inescapable hooks of “Seasons (Waiting on You),” “Spirit," and “Doves.” Producer Chris Coady (known for his work with Beach House and Grizzly Bear) works with Welmers’ synth loops and smartly composed parts until everything meshes together beautifully for a perfect musicality.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Future Island’s fourth album and debut for 4AD deserves the title Singles since it does play out like an album of individual tracks with great commercial potential all joined as one. The Baltimore trio’s powerful sound is based in synths and electric basslines, from J. Gerrit Welmers and William Cashion, respectively. Together, they layer and push forward an orchestrated groove that’s both modern and steeped in the tradition of Philly soul, glam rock, and postpunk. Singer Samuel T. Herring—a stage hound who captures the audience’s imagination with the movements of a boxer—provides a soulful croon on record that can turn into a virile growl. It’s Joy Division as ballet for “Back in the Tall Grass” and Blue Nile/Talk Talk/Roxy Music for the inescapable hooks of “Seasons (Waiting on You),” “Spirit," and “Doves.” Producer Chris Coady (known for his work with Beach House and Grizzly Bear) works with Welmers’ synth loops and smartly composed parts until everything meshes together beautifully for a perfect musicality.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
209 Ratings

209 Ratings

dirtymack ,

Must see live to be believed

Most musicians these days will lean on fantastic studio production to sell you on their product.
Future Islands, on the other hand, are an aural tour-de-force when witnessed live.
The emotion that goes into their performances is something that everyone, regardless of how hard you follow these guys, should witness in person.

Cool Whip 42 ,

Heard the play tracks live

New album sounds incredible by the show they played last night. this band is in a whole other category for me right now. Im about to get married and we chose little Dreamer as our dance song. See them live. They are amazing.

Matt Masters ,

Album pre-release

Came by as a complete surprise to see that they're coming out with this new album. I really don't get excited about new music coming from any other band. Really looking forward to the full release. "Seasons" is a perfect example that they're all growing as musicians. Most complete sounding I've ever heard them. Although I love it when Sam belts out in his guttural, gross voice...it's great to hear him sing these melodies on "Seasons" to get the full spectrum of his range & talent. Looking forward to "Light House" a lot.

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