Tomorrow (2019 reissue)
upset the rhythm
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. ‘Tomorrow’ / ‘The Fountain’ was recorded and produced with long-term collaborator Chester Endersby Gwazda and mastered by Sarah Register (Talk Normal). Tyler Weeks provides the liminal, colourscape cover and the vinyl is heavyweight, white and limited.
- The Fountain