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On March 25, Future Islands are set to release ‘Singles,’ their debut album for 4AD and their boldest and most immediate work to date. The Baltimore trio known for their “cathartic” (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 ... Read more in Amazon's Future Islands Store

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  • Audio CD (17 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Thrill Jockey
  • ASIN: B003D0ZNDI
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,701 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Walking Through That Door
2. Long Flight
3. Tin Man
4. An Apology
5. In Evening Air
6. Swept Inside
7. Inch of Dust
8. Vireo's Eye
9. As I Fall

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BBC Review

Although still quite some distance from household name status, Baltimore trio Future Islands make a notable climb up the independent rock ladder here by releasing their second full-length album via the Thrill Jockey label. Previous records have been on yet smaller indies, reflective of their self-reliant noisemaking in their city's DIY scene (alongside the likes of Dan Deacon); however, In Evening Air demonstrates their ability to pen no-foolin' tunes in the medium of fuzzed-out synth-pop.

The band themselves have attempted to give their music its own genre: post-wave, a meeting of post-punk and new wave. Certainly, Future Islands are not without precedent. Keen listeners can reach back through a few decades' worth of keyboard manipulators who sonically self-sabotaged their chances for mainstream success through their own oddness and abrasiveness. This pretty much exactly defines one particular micro-genre, a passing fad on early-80s mainland Europe known as coldwave, which is currently enjoying a resurgence of fashionability. Future Islands are not a coldwave group, as such, but their clunky retrograde drum machines and arch, stilted vocals put them on nodding terms with it. One might also throw in early punk-era Americans like Nash the Slash or The Units, the thin-lipped campness espoused by Stephin 'Magnetic Fields' Merritt, and the high drama that has made a cult name of Xiu Xiu.

The deal-breaker for some may be Samuel Herring's vocal delivery: you imagine the band to harbour a certain Anglophilia, or at least have a New Order album or six lying around, but his plummy croon (especially forceful on opening track Walking Through That Door) could be heard as overly affected. Conversely, though, it's this dandified persona that legitimises lyrics like "When he was young he had a dream / To be a star of the movie screen" (from the propulsive organ drone of Swept Aside). In creating a work which pretty much unfailingly sounds like it could have been made 25 years ago, Future Islands have rejected a lot of current sonic trends–only for their sound to land fashionable-side-up anyway. The tunes are the thing, of course, and the tunes are good. --Noel Gardner

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gannon on 4 Jun. 2010
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Beneath the absurdity of Vic Reeves's club-singing persona lay a recognisable tune. Beneath Samuel Herring of Future Islands' sometimes similar impersonation is a depth of unexpected beauty. Where the identically influenced and styled Silk Flowers largely failed on their eponymous offering, Future Islands soar. The distinction is subtle, and not altogether evident.

In Evening Air opens with the anthemic "Walking Through That Door". Subject matter clear - love is lost - it cries in optimistic synth drone and simultaneously plots revenge in dark depths of calculated bass.

That same rising and falling drone that The Horrors put to much use on Primary Colours is also borrowed for the closer "As I Fall", and it is paired with iconic bass borrowed from New Order. Drawn out in interesting directions, Hook and Sumner's synth-driven post-punk is very much the template here, bleeding out over echoing drum machine patterns on "Vireo's Eye", and never more evident than on the "Atmosphere"-like/lite progressions of "Swept Inside".

The pronounced crash of 80s drums give "Inch Of Dust" a heartbeat while gloomy twangs of bass provide lighters-out substance. Steel drum-like synths add a tropical flavour to the stylised warble of the otherwise pouting "Tin Man", which is given strength by a huge depth of slow-time chimes. The title track is little more than an ambient interval, but quickly gives way to the mournful, pained and altogether more rounded tracks "An Apology" and "Long Flight".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spencer Lawes on 25 Nov. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is a very well crafted album. For a band with such a large discography (from their previous releases under the name Art Lord & the Self-Portraits), their professionalism and confidence fills every note on this album. Despite a few of the songs slipping past me without much recognition, this really is a solid album. There aren't too many peaks but the are very, very few troughs. What impressed me the most was the consistency with which the band managed to blend Samuel T. Herring's vocals with the background music to create a solid unit of music. Every sound seems to be pulling in the same direction. I would, however, have preferred just one or two more crescendos.
Best Song: Vireo's Eye
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By M. H. Oliff on 7 July 2014
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Beautiful Synth,wonderful bass and a stonking voice is just the beginning. The tunes are brilliantly simple and the songwriting is satisfyingly sophisticated,disarming and touching...but i am biased;)
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