Future Islands The Far Field
he Far Field is undoubtedly the most anticipated of Future Islands’ albums so far. Despite forming in 2006, it wasn’t until their 2014 album, Singles, that the Synth-Pop outfit broke through onto the global consciousness. Almost three years on, the Baltimore trio follow it up with their fifth and most expressive album to date. Like much of their previous output, The Far Field is an emotion-laden exploration of dreamy Synth-Pop and New Wave. Brimming with an intense yet buoyant energy, the record bristles with shimmering synths, fluid basslines, warm pads, subtle melodies and Samuel T. Herring’s distinctive vocals.
Bold, confident and expressive, yet with an intimate, melancholic vulnerability, The Far Field channels difficult emotions into finding joy, strength and positivity in life. The LP effortlessly shifts moods, jumping from reflective to joyous, heartbroken and defiant with consummate ease. There is a breeze of naturally flowing energy throughout the entire record as each of the 12 addictive tracks slot into place with an evolving sense of groove and vigour. The magnetic power and potency of the album mirrors that of Future Islands themselves. The Far Field is yet another reminder of the individuality and singularity that makes Future Islands one of America’s most exciting and distinctive bands.
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