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Future Islands - 'Glada' Video Out Now
Future Islands : 'Glada' Video Out Now
1st March 2021

Today, Future Islands release a stunning new video for 'Glada', off of their 2020 album As Long As You Are

'Glada' is directed by actress and frontman Sam Herring’s partner, Julia Ragnarsson as her directorial debut and edited by the renowned Ponyhans.  The video captures a surreal and stunning portrait of the Swedish countryside and follows a lasting love between characters as the changing seasons come to pass.

Sam Herring says of the video, “the main treatment for the video was a portrait of the Swedish countryside with Julia's parents as the protagonists.  They filmed in the spring, summer, and most recently in the early fall of last year.  For me, most importantly, it captures the place that this song is about, which is all I wanted to share in the first place.”

Julia Ragnarsson (Director) says, “'Glada' is a song that was written about the exact place that I’m now quarantined, with my parents.  A song about a past—grown over, the coming of a budding spring, and the birds that regularly circle our house and the fields and forests surrounding.  We wanted to capture the beauty of nature here, pulling from the images which Sam describes in the song.  The ups and downs of a long term relationship.  And how you sometimes have to stop and think about how lucky you are, especially in the midst of this seeming breakdown.  I was stuck in the most beautiful place I know, unable to fully appreciate it because Sam wasn’t there.  Making this video helped me to connect with him, but also got me to look outside and appreciate all that was around me.

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“Melding melodic punch with brooding gloom, Future Islands’ role as new wave torch bearers is assured on a sixth album gilded with emotional and sonic depth, symptomatic of their rising status as seasoned songsmiths.”- The Line of Best Fit (9/10)
“A marvellously-produced album that jumps out of the speakers, brimming with confidence and dripping with arena-sized existential anthems.” Loud and Quiet (8/10)
"Sumptuous.” - Uncut (8/10)
“Existential bangers from Baltimore’s most eccentric band.”- NME (4/5)
“One of the most anticipated albums of the season.” - Consequence of Sound
"This album feels like the next step in their story, with more deeply felt New Romantic intensity than ever.” - Rolling Stone