Fu­ture Is­lands The Far Field

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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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