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
211 Ratings

211 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.

Kurt Dahlke ,

And Again

The right thing to listen to, and the heartbreaking way to do it. Future Islands fans will lap this up, even with some smoothed-out textures. What can only be described as a sound more reminiscent of the '80s than earlier albums only serves to clarify the painful honesty that sprays out of Samuel T. Herring like a fire-hose of righteousness. Melodies are on point, rhythms will force you to dance, while Herring's delivery will make you weep, even if you don't quite know why. Take the ride, feel the volcanic emotion of 'Fall From Grace', then listen again. And again ...

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