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Future Islands

wave like home

upset the rhythm



cd

Released: 14th Apr 2014

£9.99

out of stock


RE-RELEASED FOLLOWING A STUNNING PERFORMANCE ON LETTERMAN, SOLD OUT UK SHOWS, AND SIGNING TO 4AD.

Future Islands are a post-wave dance band from North Carolina - now residing in the fertile “music capital of awesome” Baltimore. Future Islands play a terse yet passionate music wrought from a stripped back palette. Gerrit Welmers’ cartwheeling synthesizer melodies tumble across the austere wilderness of William Cashion’s post punk bass pulse, driven ever forward by Eric Murillo’s ecstatic feel for rhythm. Perhaps the most striking aspect of the band’s sound however takes shape in the form of Sam Herring’s distinctive guttural vocal, delivered as Glen Danzig if he ever found himself in a Shakespearean tragedy. At times on its knees at others belted out like it’s the end of the world, Herring’s vocal lends a raw emotional warmth to the group’s resolute synth-punk bounce. Samuel, William and Gerrit had been writing songs together since 2003 in the guise of absurdist party project Art Lord & The Self Portraits, however it was with the arrival of Eric Murillo on drums that the band rid themselves of the mythology and masks, taking on a new motive and the name Future Islands. With the change their sound became exponentially faster and surprisingly powerful. They quickly wrote and recorded an EP entitled ‘Little Advances’ in time for their first tour late 2006 and haven’t looked back since. ‘Wave Like Home’ was created in the summer of 2007, with the help of producer Chester Endersby Gwazda and successfully denotes the uplifting energy of the band’s live shows whilst still staying true to their 4-track hearts. ‘Wave Like Home’ is a breathless testament to romance and grasping chances, forever enthralled to the optimism of trying again. It’s a sincere and sometimes painfully honest record about chasing broken dreams and finding courage in a forsaken heart. An album infatuated with timescales like always and forever. From the broken elegy of woozy opener ‘Pangea’ through the euphoric fun trips of ‘Old Friend’ and the upbeat ‘Seize A Shark’, the album never drifts far from reflection amongst it’s highest highs. For every throbbing track recalling breakneck pursuits there’s a soulful reminder of the quieter side of a melodramatic heart. ‘Beach Foam’ is glorious, swelling synth work perfectly capturing the crashing waves that incite such hungry philosophy in the song. “In these arms I can feel my home, breaking from inside” sings a desperate and forlorn Samuel on title track ‘Wave Like Home’, “Save me from loving you always” he retorts on sober paean ‘Heart Grows Old’. For all the hope and regret felt across the album it is rather apt that final track ‘Little Dreamer’ catches up with Future Islands at their most starry-eyed. Not even the chatter of birdsong can drown out the unabashed sweet sentiment of this closing song, so deeply consumed it holds a torch up into the darkness of the coldest corner of humanity. ‘Wave Like Home’ is a worthy debut album for Future Islands - perfectly capturing their bittersweet nature. To quote the band on this matter it’s an album of “bright morning-times holding hands with dreary afternoons”, like finding “shark-infested waters surrounding honeymoon beaches”. We are never that far from fun or despair, valiantly Future Islands are here to remind us of that.

wave like home

Tracklist

  1. PANGEA
  2. OLD FRIEND
  3. FLICKER & FLUTTER
  4. ESCAPE ARTIST
  5. SEIZE A SHARK
  6. HEART GROWS OLD
  7. BEACH FOAM
  8. WAVE LIKE HOME
  9. LITTLE DREAMER