Future Islands make break-up records, but not the kind you associate with curling up in bed and crying in your beer. The times you just want nothing else than to howl at the moon? On the Water has got your back there. On their second LP, the Baltimore-based Wham City vets up the drama, softening — but not shedding — their rep as synth-toting live berserkers. Sam Herring’s vocals are still an acquired taste, inflating and braying like a bagpipe, but dispersed through On The Water are quietly resonant anthems like “Where I Found You,” “Before The Bridge” and “Balance”; songs that maintain a sonic shimmer and emotional sensitivity, and subtly align Future Islands with a lineage of luxurious, grown and sexy sophisti-pop ranging from Roxy Music’s Avalon to Destroyer’s Kaputt.
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By Andrew Parks on 09.10.14 in News
Comedy Bang! Bang! has revealed some of the guest appearances from the second half of its third season on IFC. According to Pitchfork, The Flaming Lips, the National, Future Islands, "Weird Al" Yankovic, and the Vandals...
By Andrew Parks on 05.19.14 in News
Pitchfork has announced the first round of confirmed acts for its annual Paris music festival. Set to happen Halloween weekend, the not-so-spooky lineup includes Belle & Sebastian, Caribou, Mogwai, Future Islands and...