Future Islands - The Far Field
The Future Islands last LP, Singles, really catapulted the Baltimore band from a relatively unknown status to become one of the bigger acts within indie rock. Their synthy, anthemic burner “Seasons (Waiting on You)” and it’s unveiling on the David Letterman show in 2014, was a big catalyst for this but their continuous touring schedule and the Singles LP solidified their legitimacy.
With that said, the follow-up to a big record is never an easy task but three years later we have it with The Far Field. Much of Future Islands’ signature sound is in check in a very good way. Their synth-heavy pop songs and singer Sam Herring’s emotional croon populate the LP though for the first time they recorded with a live drummer, (Michael Lowry), giving the songs a deeper fluidity. Their focus track, “Ran”, captures the same magic as they did with “Seasons” with effervescent synth chords, a catchy bassline and a soaring chorus they make seem effortless. Another surefire highlight is “Cave” which adds in an ominous undercurrent below snapping drums and beautiful synth layers by Gerrit Welmers.
They also managed to get Debbie Harry to contribute vocals to “Shadows” which is certainly a testament to how much they’ve grown in 3 years. The Far Field shimmers and helps keep Future Island on their hot streak. (Dom)
Check out a track here.