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In Evening Air [CD]

Future Islands Audio CD
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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,647 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Loss - Our Gain 4 Jun 2010
By Gannon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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".

Future Islands' gently simmering new-wave electro knows when to go for the throat, and in rubbing shoulders with moody post-punk guitars falls, perhaps unsurprisingly, into a "post-wave" pigeonhole. Just as there are only slight differences in genre at this level, there is a fine line between genius and madness, and Future Islands make no mistakes when stomping all over it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Album 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sure to be one of the greats of 2010 7 Aug 2010
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Lovely, wonderful album. Not quite as good as their debut - Wave Like Home - but still fantastic. If this is the 'difficult second album' then stay tuned for the third as these guys have real talent.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movement 16 Nov 2010
By J. Farhat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album seems hard on the ears at first: the voice is something like a black womanized version of frank black + tom waits (which honestly sounds better with every listen.) You'll probably get hooked on the initial guitar rhythm of "vireo's eye" which is really quite a good song (though to be honest there may be better songs on the album, such as "long flight" for instance.) But really, please get this album (any way you can) because it's worth it. The sound work is really well done, instrumentation has great diversity of what some would call 'indi-electro-pop' but to me it just sounds like originality. The album does have a strange cohesion, mostly in just how groovin these tunes can be. Tempo changes will make some skip to the tracks they prefer, but by the time I listened to this album on loop for about a couple hours, I ended up giving a positive rating for 7 out of the albums' 9 tracks, not because all are vibrantly-poppy, but because they are 7 really listenable and enjoyable songs. I found the simplicity of some of the lyrics to be my favorite parts, as well as the slightly off-kilter gramatical phrasing of words (reminiscent a little of weezer blue album style of songwriting)
Please, please get this album. Definitely a fine album for the decade.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Future is the Time to Think About the Past 26 Jan 2011
By John Wraith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am a bit stunned that, in the currently saturated music media, this record didn't get more attention. I'm not normally a great fan of the Thrill Jockey label because many of its flagship bands' concentration on texture comes at the expense of songcraft, to the point that the songs become a bit bland and samey (think The Sea and Cake). But this stuff is totally different. I'd file this band's sound between Crystal Castles and Wild Nothing; it's got a chaos to it, a weird noise that reminds me of the former group but a focus on texture and ambiance that reminds me of the latter. So it's electro, and it probably sounds really great on drugs, but I'm not sure it's going to light up the dance floors as much as Crystal Castles might.

What really makes this LP even more original, though, is the vocals. They remind me of those of fellow Baltimorons Wilderness, a sort of throaty, unhinged scraping from the lead singer. I would also compare the vocals to those of The Twilight Sad, even if the accent isn't Scottish but some strange lampooning of a European accent. I mean, I would guess that the frothing-at-the-mouth singing style on "Tin Man" is a mean-spirited parody of something, but I don't know what. Who knows what he's talking about, even though you can make out the lyrics pretty clearly. I'm into it, though. I'm into it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked! 5 Oct 2011
By Dagny - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently heard "Vireo's Eye" and just had to have it! Because it's so good I didn't mind buying the whole album to get it. What I came away with is a diverse collection of pieces - all different moods and pulses. I love all but one of them. And I still LIKE that one! What a find! I can't get "Tin Man" out of my head! ... and I don't want to... ! These tunes are haunting and moving. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes 17 Jan 2013
By Eric - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
A theatrical blend of powerful lyrics and 80's esque electro vibe. Seen these guys live twice and they never dissapoint.
4.0 out of 5 stars Must listen album for lovers of synth or new wave. 12 Dec 2013
By Marco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Dark vocals with catchy hooks make this synth-heavy album a new regular on my play list. Hard to find in stores for the Amazon price.
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