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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 hard-touring 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 chestpounding 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 Award-winning 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
Drawing inspiration from their community of friends and their growing numbers of fans, The Far Field brilliantly expresses the band’s central themes: that there’s power in emotional vulnerability, that one can find a way to laugh and cry in the same breath-and be stronger for it. The Far Field speaks directly to the bruised but brave romantic each of us carries within. It’s forty-five minutes of brilliant pop mini- symphonies made for dancing, loving, and self-reflection; twelve beautiful reminders that one can grow and evolve while still staying true to oneself-just as this band has done for a decade now and counting.
FR/BLCK/PR is an evolving leftist platform supported by writer/producer Regan Farquhar and producer Fumitake Tamura. Through the group’s irregularly occurring talk show, the free black press radio, they’ve established their commitment to reboot the language of moral outrage by divorcing discourse from our political theatre and cultural marketplace; seating a crystal clear probe into the largest ills of our time at the helm of music maelstroms born from post-hip-hop, jazz and oratory/writing disciplines.
Rules melt away as quickly as they are established in this world within a world.
For the free black press radio, ideas at play are unapologetic, raw and act like a license for metaphor that is used to demystify social mores of the digital age to specifically unveil the truths that lie at the root of black worlds locked under capitalism’s control. Leaning of swirling soundscapes and intricate sound design, every piece/episode by the group is a suite of madness framed by an over-arching theme, such as: The Future of Language, The KKK and the Origin of Whiteness, The Fall of the Black Internationalist and The Southern Strategy.
FR/BLCK/PR is the first grouping of its sort to join Brainfeeder and has been prepping a multi-faceted debut work like none other that the label has released. Regan Farquhar also contributes writing to and co-stars in Brainfeeder films’ first release, Kuso, directed by steve(Flying Lotus) and is currently working on multiple collaborations with the artists of Brainfeeder.