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Bolstered by a notoriously great Letterman performance, Future Islands’ 2014 effort Singles was a breakthrough for the synth-pop romantics. The Far Field dives further into their sound, combining the expressiveness of soul with the leanness of post-punk and New Wave, underlined by immediate songwriting and the strong, vulnerable voice of Samuel T. Herring. “I don’t believe anymore/I won’t grieve anymore,” he croons on the standout “Cave.” “’Cause what was gold/Is gone and cold.”

Customer Reviews

Through the roses!

This is an example of great songwriting. Future Islands keep kicking out great albums!

Excellent Album - 4 & 1/2 stars (rounded up because these guys are awesome)

The first two singles are hard to match in intensity- Cave is a mind numbingly deep/intense song and Ran is avery accessible song that's great for radio play. I can understand some of the criticism of the album, except I'd say that only two songs are somewhat similar (the reason why I took off half a star). The songwriting is very solid and this album is a really great progression for the band. They went back to being slightly experimental and less poppy/mainstream, and for the average Future Islands fan that's something to be very thankful for. After achieving the level of fame they did from "Singles" and the "Letterman" performance, a lot of artists don't come out the other end in this fashion.

Best Band Today

The new song is fantastic, bass driven and super energetic, a great blend of the past, present and the future. I just can't wait tohear the rest!!


Formed: 2006 in Greenville, NC

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Led by crooning frontman Samuel T. Herring, the members of Future Islands started out making electropop music together in 2003 while attending East Carolina University's art program. Along with Herring, the initial members of the group were Adam Beeby, William Cashion, Gerrit Welmers, and Kymia Nawabi, and they played shows around campus as Art Lord & the Self-Portraits. In 2006, after the band split, Herring, Cashion, and Welmers continued under the name Future Islands and picked up the Kickass...
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