They’ve given us our first taste of the record, with the album’s first single: “Seasons (Waiting On You).” You’ll notice it’s a more polished sound from the band, but those distinct vocals from singer Samuel T. Herring are still very much working their magic. Loving that groovy bass-line and the general sound of this track.
Baltimore trio Future Islands have recently signed with 4AD who will release their new album Singles. That’s the album artwork posted above. Singles was produced by Chris Coady, and will come out on March 25.
The band have also shared a bunch of new North American tour dates, all of which you can find below.
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Islands are back with a new album called Ski Mask, it will come out September via frontman Nick Thorburn’s label Manqué. It’s the quick follow-up to last years A Sleep & A Forgetting. They made the announcement to day by releasing the album’s first single “Wave Forms.”
The single sounds like a good mix of everything Islands has released over their career, which is no accident. This is basically what happened with the new album. Thorburn explained in a press release:
This record is really about being angry. For better or worse, this record kind of sums up my experience thus far with being in a band. I feel like we’re kind of at a crossroads and this record is kind of me just declaring forfeiture in some ways. Like the third act of a movie—just after it seems like all hope is lost, that’s when the big breakthrough moment happens. For Islands, this is us waiting for the breakthrough moment.
This record is kind of a culmination of all the different things we’ve done over the years. It’s basically a melting pot of all those sounds. So much of this record is about identity—specifically, the quest for finding out your own identity. … All of these feelings and ideas that have been bubbling up over the course of four previous albums finally came to the surface on this one. This record is like a summation of Islands, everything we’ve ever done distilled into one record. It’s basically an essential introduction to Islands—it’s everything we’ve ever been about.
Listen to “Ski Mask” below.
“Hallways” is the latest track to be shared from Islands upcoming album, A Sleep & A Forgetting. “Hallways” is a bouncy little track that’s slightly more upbeat than the first track that we heard from the album, the ballad-like “This Is Not A Song”.
Stream it below. A Sleep & A Forgetting is out on February 14 via Anti-.
You can always count on Nick Thorburn for new music, the man is always releasing something of quality. Good news for you fans of Islands, because there’s a new album coming. The album is titled Asleep & A Forgetting, and will be released via Anti- on February 14.
The band has shared “This Is Not A Song” from the album. It’s very much a song. A very good one at that. It’s a sparse number that just may welcome some slow dancing. I mean that in all the best ways. It’s a lighter, slower side to Islands, and I think it’s fantastic.
[mp3]: Islands – This Is Not A Song
Check out this really interesting music video of “islands” by the xx. It seems like everything is just looped without thought but then you realize that things are slowly, but surely, changing. Seems to be standing for the dissolving of personal relationships and how stuff gets boring and old fast.
It was directed by Saam Farahmand
I’m working on my paper right now and am using tunes as my aid to stay on track. This timely exquisite remix of the xx’s Islands from CHLLNGR really hit the spot. CHLLNGR is the moniker of Steve Borth, a producer from Denmark. He finds ways to fit new sounds into the songs empty places, creating a very solid interpretation of the already great song.
I usually donâ€™t post music videoâ€™s around here unless I really enjoy it, or find a reason that makes it a must post. â€œNo You Donâ€™tâ€ is an excellent song from Islands criminally underrated/under-appreciated 2009 album Vapours. That is the first reason. The second reason is the video stars Michael Cera on a bad drug trip, and it is beyond hysterical!
This is worth a watch. I love Michael Cera and canâ€™t wait for Youth In Revolt on Friday! Check it out: