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The years since the release of Singles have been transformative for Future Islands, catapulting the
Baltimore-based band from cult favorites to synthpop icons. As addictive songs like breakout “Seasons
(Waiting on You)” turned the world on to sublime pleasures a loyal fan base already knew, this hardtouring
band plowed forward, playing their 1,000th show in July 2015 and celebrating their 10th
anniversary in February 2016. Now Future Islands returns at the top of their game with new album The Far
Field, delivering twelve chest‐pounding love songs and odes to the road as only they can.
The Far Field refines and builds on the breakthroughs of Singles, bursting with undeniable hooks and
disarmingly honest lyrics written by Samuel T. Herring (vocals, lyrics), William Cashion (bass, guitars), and
Gerrit Welmers (keyboards, programming). The band began writing new material in January 2016 on the
coast of North Carolina, and continued throughout the year in Baltimore before road-testing these songs
with a series of secret shows under fake names. In November 2016, they settled in with Grammy Awardwinning
producer John Congleton at Los Angeles’ legendary Sunset Sound, where everyone from The Beach
Boys to Prince have laid down masterpieces.
The result is Future Islands’ best set of songs yet, both an emotional summation of the themes they’ve
explored over the past decade and a further distillation of their signature art-pop sound. It’s the first Future
Islands record featuring live drums by Michael Lowry, who joined the band prior to their viral performance
of “Seasons” on Letterman, and whose energy propels the band’s sound to new heights. With Congleton’s
production and string and horn arrangements by Patrick McMinn, The Far Field finds Future Islands crafting
soundscapes larger and more opulent than ever before, as sonically lush and expansive as they are lyrically
raw and direct.
With each spin of The Far Field, Future Islands’ fifth album and second for 4AD, another of its dozen
impassioned and impeccably crafted tracks will jump out as a favorite. “Shadows,” a stunner of a duet
between Herring and Blondie’s Debbie Harry, offers a naked look at heartache, finding hope and power in
facing pain and personal flaws head-on. Both “Time on Her Side” and “Day Glow Fire” attest to the beauty
lurking in even our most painful memories, and assert that even lost love can give life deeper meaning.
“North Star,” first single “Ran,” and “Beauty of the Road” all mark this as an album about taking to the
road, chasing after love and self-knowledge—and coming to terms with what you find there. As Herring
sings on the heartfelt “Through the Roses,”
It’s not easy, just being human
And the lights and the smoke and the screens
Don’t make it better
I’m no stronger than you and I’m scared…
But we can pull through—together
We can pull through
Sudan Archives, born Brittney Denise Parks, is a violinist/vocalist who writes, plays, and produces her own music. She is self-taught on the violin, inspired by Sudanese fiddlers, R&B, West African rhythms, and experimental electronic music.
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