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Baltimore-based Future Islands put Dan Deacon producer Chester Endersby Gwazda at the helm again for their second full-length release. The Islands’ unique sound — soul-rattling pulses of bass, unadorned, bone-smooth percussion, and keyboards possessed by both B-movie and “modern rock” hobgoblins — sets them apart from the current pack of electro-pop artists (actually, they’ve branded themselves a “post-wave” dance band). But frontman Samuel Herring is their real not-so-secret weapon, and his unnerving, over-the-top yowling puts FI a few fields left of the indie-pop center. It’s a delicious pairing, Herring’s gruff delivery of lines like “We go alone at night/to misery’s bed” and Gerrit Welmer’s refreshingly muscular keyboard subduing William Cashion’s engorged bass lines, preventing them from billowing into chaos. Chiming steel- drum tones in “Tin Man” become a menace, a jittery twinkle amid layers of gritty, fuzzed-out bass and keyboards; “Vireo’s Eye” is the spawn of an ‘80s Cure song, with its glacial synths, simmering bass and snapping drum track. In Evening Air is a serious year-end list contender.

Customer Reviews

Pure amazing. Pure passion.

This may be the early favorite for my top of 2010. So distinct and purely "feeling" it amazing! This is the problem with 90% of all music today, lacking any real passion, any true expression, just cute songs. This feels real. This feels passionate. This is art without being "artsy"!!!!


This band has a time machine. The eighties will never die or the sounds it produced. Great piece work. Billy, some Cure and a touch of Joy Division. I can hear all of the greats within this band.

Truly Excellent

This is a small classic. Check them out. Age of Consent-y at times.


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 electro-pop 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, J. 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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