Future Islands - On The Water

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Out October 11th. Anyone else looking forward to this?

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Sunday, 4 September 2011 11:40 (five years ago) Permalink

cute video, love this band but was a bit disappointed by the last record

dj roombahton (zachlyon), Sunday, 4 September 2011 23:49 (five years ago) Permalink

Apparently, they were great at FYF.

Where you been '90s reference? (I eat cannibals), Tuesday, 6 September 2011 22:39 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

anyone heard it yet?

These guys were one of the few opening bands (for Dan Deacon) I was really impressed by. It's hard to take them seriously but they do write great songs and the singer is incredible. I bumped into him at a later show and he turned out to be a really nice guy who seemed very surprised that someone would recognize him.

frogbs, Monday, 10 October 2011 15:40 (five years ago) Permalink

I haven't heard them yet but I think I'm seeing them tonight in Baltimore. Pretty psyched

(╯° □≗)╯︵ ┻━ןɐıɔǝds━ʇɥbıן━pǝɹ━┻ (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 10 October 2011 15:42 (five years ago) Permalink

The other single - the one that was a 7" on Thrill Jockey a couple of months ago ("Before the Bridge" maybe?) - was really great. I am looking forward to this.

She Got the Shakes, Monday, 10 October 2011 15:58 (five years ago) Permalink

Just picked it up - so far I'm digging it more than "In Evening Air". Reminds me of a good Yukihiro Takahashi album, has a real new romantic vibe and some cool synthpop-type stuff. It's really well-produced and most of the songs are pretty memorable. I would say that I liked Sam more when he was just yelling everything but he's definitely a better vocalist now. The droney track in the middle "Where I Found You" is a real stunner. I'm only on my second listen but I suspect this is going to be my favorite of the three.

frogbs, Thursday, 13 October 2011 20:15 (five years ago) Permalink

by the way don't read the Pitchfork review, they give it a good score but the review makes the album sound a lot more boring than it is

frogbs, Thursday, 13 October 2011 20:58 (five years ago) Permalink

<3 this so much. What do you mean "hard to take them seriously"? Because the vocals and music are so full of pathos?

Tin Man was the first song of theirs I heard and it hooked me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GhtZt2HYkM

Je55e, Monday, 24 October 2011 01:49 (five years ago) Permalink

They were really boring live; I thought they'd be like frenzied electro jams and they were just dull and plodding and sounded like third-rate Tears for Fears b-sides. Half the time I was just thinking "who actually desires to make music that sounds like this?" and then I left the show early.

Parker Posey as herself dancing to house music in NYC in 1995 (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 24 October 2011 02:50 (five years ago) Permalink

I saw them live before In Evening Air came out, and I wasn't even sure if they were taking themselves seriously then. Sam was bellowing like a madman, hitting himself, etc., and you've got that bass player with the goofy moustache, all the ultra-dramatic lyrics, etc. etc. When I got the CD I was impressed that it wasn't as campy as I thought it would be and was surprised that they started going more overboard with every release instead of turning into an average dancepunk band like they could have. Either way I think they're totally awesome.

frogbs, Monday, 24 October 2011 03:53 (five years ago) Permalink

camp will always be an inseparable part of a lot of baltimore music. it doesn't mean they don't take themselves seriously (quite the opposite)

sam's performance is what hooked me into this band, tbh

witchho (zachlyon), Monday, 24 October 2011 12:59 (five years ago) Permalink

i really like the new one

interesting thing about the vocalist - he's a little more gruff sounding - but i really think he apes peter gabriel's vocal PHRASING a lot, which before i heard this i never thought of gabriel as having distinctive phrasing, just a distinctive voice, but in "tin man" the phrasing is so gabriel to me

the 500 gats of bartholomew thuggins (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 1 November 2011 19:33 (five years ago) Permalink

sometimes he sounds like a mad leprachaun tho

the 500 gats of bartholomew thuggins (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 1 November 2011 19:37 (five years ago) Permalink

i've really been meaning to check this out

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 1 November 2011 19:38 (five years ago) Permalink

it's good, kind of interesting update on 80s synth pop but feels really current, very dramatic almost camp, seems like something you would like

the 500 gats of bartholomew thuggins (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 1 November 2011 20:03 (five years ago) Permalink

both "Before the Bridge" and "Where I Found You" are stunners

frogbs, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 20:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Touring the UK next March, must try to see them if they're anything like this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGYaPSI5tkg

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Saturday, 12 November 2011 18:04 (five years ago) Permalink

They have a show in London in December as well.

Walter Galt, Sunday, 13 November 2011 00:49 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I can confirm in evening air remains a wonderful album

anonanon, Friday, 17 May 2013 20:05 (four years ago) Permalink

They are the quintessential band where I rarely think about them, then when a song comes up on shuffle I will become totally obsessed and play them non-stop for a week straight

Walter Galt, Sunday, 19 May 2013 12:30 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

this album is still so damn good. when I saw 'em on one of Danny Deacon's tours they were quite awesome but also a little tough to take seriously. But I'm still totally enthralled by this.

frogbs, Friday, 21 June 2013 15:23 (four years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Dug this out. Better than I remebered.

Mule, Thursday, 5 December 2013 10:41 (three years ago) Permalink

I got this 7" with Will Oldham covering Sheryl Crow's "Strong Enough" on one side and the other side is credited to Microkingdom (with the Future Island singer on vocals), covering Springsteen's "I'm on Fire." That song is covered a lot, but this sounds practically like U.S. Maple - really crazy and free jazzy, and his vocals are fantastic - it's weird hearing that song sung sort of histrionically, since Bruce is so creepily sleepy on it, but it works well.

Anyway, yeah - such a good band.

Walter Galt, Thursday, 5 December 2013 11:21 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5Ae-LhMIG0

can't stop listening to this

worthless lucubrations w/ ill-concealed apathy bro (zachlyon), Saturday, 25 January 2014 06:59 (three years ago) Permalink

I had no idea they'd signed to 4AD

http://cdn.stereogum.com/files/2014/01/Future-Islands-Singles-608x608.jpg

Stoked for the new album

Walter Galt, Saturday, 25 January 2014 12:51 (three years ago) Permalink

that's really good - On the Water was probably my favorite album of 2011 so I'm really looking forward to this one

frogbs, Saturday, 25 January 2014 14:39 (three years ago) Permalink

seriously obsessed with this song i keep meaning to listen to the ilm trax results but i can't stop listening to "seasons" over and over again

worthless lucubrations w/ ill-concealed apathy bro (zachlyon), Sunday, 26 January 2014 07:15 (three years ago) Permalink

i miss his more painful higher straining voice but the combination of him + the guitar in the chorus is just arena huge and beautiful

worthless lucubrations w/ ill-concealed apathy bro (zachlyon), Sunday, 26 January 2014 07:17 (three years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

i like this band a great deal.

james franco, Thursday, 20 February 2014 06:19 (three years ago) Permalink

Supposed to interview them this week, if anybody has any questions

MISTERSNRUB (some dude), Monday, 24 February 2014 16:54 (three years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ee4bfu_t3c

so good

james franco, Sunday, 9 March 2014 04:09 (three years ago) Permalink

also, how did the interview go some dude?

Treeship, Sunday, 9 March 2014 04:13 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah. he looks like he's dodging imaginary lasers, but it's awesome.

POO: the blossom or full flower of the evening (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 9 March 2014 04:23 (three years ago) Permalink

great interview, they're really good dudes.

some dude, Sunday, 9 March 2014 17:35 (three years ago) Permalink

^^^ I've watched that Letterman performance like a dozen times & showed it to everyone I know who hasn't already seen it... they haven't been 'local' (formerly of Greenville, NC) for a long long time, but I know many of us in the Triangle still fondly remember being rocked like that in tiny venues, and it's wonderful to see them bringing it to a national TV audience

merciless to accomplish the truth in his intelligence (bernard snowy), Sunday, 9 March 2014 17:51 (three years ago) Permalink

I don't think I've ever seen Letterman that excited after a performance

frogbs, Sunday, 9 March 2014 18:35 (three years ago) Permalink

I DJd after one of their shows in hawaii and i put on screamin jay hawkins and dude started making the most joyful ruckus on the other side of the bar, literally swinging his beer back and forth like a cartoon pirate all yo-ho-ho style and then he came up to the dj booth and gave me the happiest smiliest high-five ever

°ㅇ๐ْ ° (gr8080), Sunday, 9 March 2014 18:55 (three years ago) Permalink

also the video in the 2nd post is really beautiful and i watch it about once a month

°ㅇ๐ْ ° (gr8080), Sunday, 9 March 2014 19:02 (three years ago) Permalink

i took these:

http://i.imgur.com/dWe8fzn.png

http://i.imgur.com/Tj5oB92.png

°ㅇ๐ْ ° (gr8080), Sunday, 9 March 2014 19:07 (three years ago) Permalink

Jesus, those are beautiful

Walter Galt, Sunday, 9 March 2014 19:35 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah 2nd one is so good

some dude, Sunday, 9 March 2014 19:39 (three years ago) Permalink

this song is really good but that letterman performance was like a deleted scene from "walk hard" or something

le goon (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 9 March 2014 19:51 (three years ago) Permalink

so i thought the letterman performance was like bad paul young karaoke. is the studio shit like good paul young?

da croupier, Sunday, 9 March 2014 19:55 (three years ago) Permalink

It's all good. Give me all of that you've got.

POO: the blossom or full flower of the evening (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 9 March 2014 19:57 (three years ago) Permalink

missed there was a link to the actual video up top, sorry.

i wonder whether neil diamond or tom jones will cover this first.

da croupier, Sunday, 9 March 2014 20:00 (three years ago) Permalink

you guys are making very good unintentional arguments for why they're awesome

some dude, Sunday, 9 March 2014 20:01 (three years ago) Permalink

i dunno if i'd say unintentional - i'm well aware someone could respond with "I love Paul Young!"

da croupier, Sunday, 9 March 2014 20:02 (three years ago) Permalink

this is machine-tooled for ILX & will probably go top 5 in the EOY

You cannot interrupt his tea stirring because it is his holy trick (imago), Sunday, 9 March 2014 20:04 (three years ago) Permalink

yep

$0.00 Butter sauce only. No marinara. (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 9 November 2014 22:16 (two years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...
five months pass...

New Snails music!

https://thesnailsbaltimore.bandcamp.com/album/songs-from-the-shoebox

flappy bird, Tuesday, 16 February 2016 18:50 (one year ago) Permalink

i wonder if many/any Future Islands fans follow his rap appearances (as Hemlock Ernst)

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Tuesday, 16 February 2016 18:55 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

New album is sick. I can't understand people who hate this band.

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 13:30 (three months ago) Permalink

I can. It's the limp electronics, weak songs and borderline "hilarious" vocals that do it.

...so music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 14:32 (three months ago) Permalink

not enough 'musical content' for you?

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 14:37 (three months ago) Permalink

The compositions aren't particularly great and the individual parts that the music comprises of are generally uninteresting and never coalesce into anything worthwhile... so in answer to your question: yes.

...so music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 14:51 (three months ago) Permalink

you mean the notes?

Sufjan Grafton, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 16:49 (three months ago) Permalink

lol

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 16:53 (three months ago) Permalink

My general reaction to this album is "this is what I wish Destroyer sounded like"

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 16:54 (three months ago) Permalink

you mean the notes?

― Sufjan Grafton, Tuesday, April 11, 2017 4:49 PM (ten minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

That would be one aspect of it, yes. My, we have some clever people here.

...so music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 17:01 (three months ago) Permalink

i like the record but nothing they've done has topped the one-off from 2012 "Cotton Flower" for me... that's a perfect song

flappy bird, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 17:43 (three months ago) Permalink

Really enjoying the new record. North Star has been stuck in my head since I first heard it. It's such a lovely song.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 12 April 2017 01:06 (three months ago) Permalink

"Comprises of". It's "...is comprised of", Mr Musicology.

albvivertine, Wednesday, 12 April 2017 02:57 (three months ago) Permalink

Oh yes, that either could have been "comprised of" or "consists of" and in a rush I ended up with a mash-up of both. Shit happens. So yes, you're absolutely right, good catch. Your medal for services to pedantry are in the mail. Unfortunately for you, this doesn't change my stance on this woeful band and their music in any way.

...so music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Wednesday, 12 April 2017 03:10 (three months ago) Permalink

*is

...so music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Wednesday, 12 April 2017 03:11 (three months ago) Permalink

"Comprises of". It's "...is comprised of", Mr Musicology.

― albvivertine, Tuesday, April 11, 2017 10:57 PM (forty-three minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

O_O

k3vin k., Wednesday, 12 April 2017 03:42 (three months ago) Permalink

Turrican: T/S - Future Islands or The 1975? Show your work.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 12 April 2017 04:01 (three months ago) Permalink

For clarification, I enjoy four aspects of these future island songs: the selected notes, the selected times at which these notes are excited in my atmosphere by my personal transducer, the harmonic content surrounding the notes caused by the way these notes were excited and input into the recording transducer, and the words sung by the vocal instrument.

Sufjan Grafton, Wednesday, 12 April 2017 04:39 (three months ago) Permalink

and the hooks, yes

Sufjan Grafton, Wednesday, 12 April 2017 04:53 (three months ago) Permalink

that was @ turrypoo btw

qualx, Wednesday, 12 April 2017 05:00 (three months ago) Permalink

Thank you kindly for the offer, qualx, but I'm afraid the prince you seek is in another castle. Ask your dad instead.

...so music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Wednesday, 12 April 2017 18:04 (three months ago) Permalink

I think this is a good band.

I am amused at who doesn't.

That's all

virginity simple (darraghmac), Wednesday, 12 April 2017 21:27 (three months ago) Permalink

this new one is just 100% hooks its good

ciderpress, Wednesday, 12 April 2017 23:42 (three months ago) Permalink

Thank you kindly for the offer, qualx, but I'm afraid the prince you seek is in another castle. Ask your dad instead.

― ...so music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Wednesday, April 12, 2017 2:04 PM (six hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

http://ih1.redbubble.net/image.7412653.0836/sticker,375x360.png

qualx, Thursday, 13 April 2017 00:31 (three months ago) Permalink

So far I'm convinced this is their best album, although listening to their back catalogue I will say that the format has been roughly the same for several years. I was kind of hoping they'd go full prog for this one.

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Thursday, 13 April 2017 07:51 (three months ago) Permalink

"Future Islands sound like Robert Palmer struggling to untie a raincoat". David Quantick on Twitter

Kibbutzki (Jaap Schip), Thursday, 13 April 2017 08:09 (three months ago) Permalink

"Future Islands sound like Robert Palmer struggling to untie a raincoat". David Quantick on Twitter

Classic.

yesca, Thursday, 13 April 2017 13:41 (three months ago) Permalink

psyched that Sam wore a Double Dagger shirt last night on Conan.

flappy bird, Thursday, 13 April 2017 16:52 (three months ago) Permalink

Sam singing with Double Dagger in 2009:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dD8V-f4L2Jc

flappy bird, Thursday, 13 April 2017 16:53 (three months ago) Permalink

I'm out of the loop, is Turrican a less friendly Geir

a landlocked exclave (mh 😏), Thursday, 13 April 2017 17:21 (three months ago) Permalink

*yawns*

...so music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Thursday, 13 April 2017 17:35 (three months ago) Permalink

I'd say a more cheerful Alex in NYC

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Thursday, 13 April 2017 17:37 (three months ago) Permalink

Actually, I'll take that.

...so music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Thursday, 13 April 2017 17:40 (three months ago) Permalink

lots of double dagger/FI connections - William Cashion plays in a band with one of the guys from DD

tomorrow, Thursday, 13 April 2017 18:11 (three months ago) Permalink

yep, Peals - the record they put out last year is sweet. James Iha plays on "Punk Migration"!

Future Islands and Dan Deacon opened for Double Dagger at their last show in 2011.

flappy bird, Thursday, 13 April 2017 18:28 (three months ago) Permalink

So far I'm convinced this is their best album, although listening to their back catalogue I will say that the format has been roughly the same for several years. I was kind of hoping they'd go full prog for this one.

In my opinion it doesn't even come close to Singles.

but yeah, I totally agree with the second part and it's been pretty funny to read reviews of The Far Field which are mostly like "they've been generally about the same thing, it's a band that values consistency, sticks to one formula and doesn't try to break musical ground, hey, they're good guys". I guess you can argue there's nothing wrong with making safe record but some of those writers go so out of their way to justify that it's hilarious.

I also think that this one is a lot less hook-based than Singles, nothing really caught my ear too much on this one, it flows pretty much from one song to another.

piramjida, Thursday, 13 April 2017 18:32 (three months ago) Permalink

Every time it hits "Day Glow Fire", I stop whatever I'm doing and look up the song title so I can make sure I remember the name of the song this time. (It never works because, aside from specific new albums that I instantly imprint upon, I can't remember the names of any of the songs/tracks on any of the albums I purchase these days, but that one is a specific standout that distinguishes itself from the other songs to my ears.)

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Thursday, 13 April 2017 18:36 (three months ago) Permalink

I like the new one a lot. Singles was awesome, why not spend a little bit more time in that mode?

human music...I like it! (voodoo chili), Thursday, 13 April 2017 18:37 (three months ago) Permalink

i like this song "ran"

Treeship, Thursday, 13 April 2017 22:20 (three months ago) Permalink

Ran is great. North Star is great. If they carry on in this groove for the next album they'll lose me but for now I'm quite happy to float around in their little weird world

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Thursday, 13 April 2017 23:59 (three months ago) Permalink

it's got some great cuts like 'Time On Her Side,' 'Ran,' and 'Ancient Water,' but then there are clunkers like 'Shadows,' which is kind of cringe-y (imo)...

KevRus, Friday, 14 April 2017 00:44 (three months ago) Permalink

"Future Islands sound like Robert Palmer struggling to untie a raincoat". David Quantick on Twitter

^ This is such an insufferable "zing". Can almost hear someone chuckling "Oh, DELICIOUS!" into the arm of their smoking jacket.

circa1916, Saturday, 15 April 2017 06:02 (three months ago) Permalink

a raincoat!

Sufjan Grafton, Saturday, 15 April 2017 06:39 (three months ago) Permalink

This band is great *and* that's a very funny joke from a very funny writer

Jalapeño Coladas, Saturday, 15 April 2017 06:59 (three months ago) Permalink

joke is ilm xkcd

Sufjan Grafton, Saturday, 15 April 2017 07:08 (three months ago) Permalink

It's a good joke if you're one of the lamer British people on this board or Alfred Lord Sotosyn.

circa1916, Saturday, 15 April 2017 10:37 (three months ago) Permalink

that is what they sound like though. (still great)

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Saturday, 15 April 2017 13:04 (three months ago) Permalink


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