On March 24th, Future Islands released Singles, their debut album for 4AD and their boldest and most immediate work to date.
The Baltimore trio known for their â€ścatharticâ€ť (NPR) energy consists of enigmatic frontman Samuel T. Herring, bassist/guitarist William Cashion and keyboardist/guitarist/ programmer Gerrit Welmers. Herring's deeply poetic tales of heartbreak, love, and loss are finally up front and in high fidelity, thanks in part to a newfound creative partnership with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear).
Singles is the bandâ€™s latest full length album, following 2011â€™s On The Water (Thrill Jockey) which earned a Best New Track nod from Pitchfork for the song 'Balance' and 2010â€™s In Evening Air (Thrill Jockey) which the LA Times praised for its â€śicy synth-pop melodies [and] lo-fi soul.â€ť The band played an NPR Tiny Desk Concert, the main stage at 2013â€™s Hopscotch Music Fest and perform over 200 shows a year.
Future Islands' 4AD Session feature live performances of album cuts 'Sun In The Morning', 'Doves', 'Seasons (Waiting On You)', 'Light House' and 'A Song For Our Grandfathers' accompanied by a string quartet and brass section. The session was directed by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard,