Album Review: “The Far Field” by Future Islands

Featured Image via Future Islands

When sitting down to review Future Islands fifth album, it’s hard as a fan of theirs not to drift back in time to their live shows. This album The Far Field is so electrifying I find myself jumping up and down one minute, then swaying back and forth the next. From the very first track “Aladdin” they set the tone with their signature sound of over-the-top beats, with soft but ever present energy. Sam Herring (the lead vocalist for Future Islands) reaches out through a hauntingly beautiful medley at the end of “Aladdin,” forming yet again that emotional connection that only he can do. This track offers you a chance to really see the range of what this band has to offer. The next track, “Time On Her Side,” happens to be my new favorite of theirs. It really gives Sam’s vocals room to dance around, while allowing Gerrit Welmers (keyboards and programming) and William Cashion (bass/electric guitar) some freedom from their usual rhythm as well. Any newcomers to the Future Islands world, this is the song I’d head for first. It’ll help ease you into this one of a kind experience by merging their newer sounds with the classic Future Islands fans are used to.

I’d be remiss if I ended this review without mentioning their initial single, “Ran,” which emerges throughout the album as a powerful anthem. These Baltimore based guys, who played their first shows in Greenville, NC, have come a long way with this album. From Art Lord and the Self Portraits to the band we know as Future Islands today. I couldn’t stop playing each song over and over again. I feel if you give these guys a chance, you’ll be doing the same as well. Enjoy.

Check out their video for “Ran” below!

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