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Future Islands

Led by crooning frontman Samuel T. Herring, the members of Future Islands started out making electropop music together in 2003 while attending East Carolina University's art program. Along with Herring, the initial members of the group were Adam Beeby, William Cashion, Gerrit Welmers, and Kymia Nawabi, and they played shows around campus as Art Lord & the Self-Portraits. In 2006, after the band split, Herring, Cashion, and Welmers continued under the name Future Islands and picked up the Kickass bassist Erick Murillo to fill out their sound on an electronic drum kit. The band released a few CD-Rs, splits, and cassettes, then began work on their debut album with producer Chester Endersby Gwazda. After the album was recorded, but before it was released, the band, minus Murillo, relocated to Baltimore. Wave Like Home was released in 2008 for the Upset the Rhythm label. Future Islands toured steadily, built up a fan base, and continued refining their sound. They signed to Thrill Jockey and released two records in 2010, the In the Fall EP and the In Evening Air album. After some conflict over their next album, 2011's On the Water, the group left Thrill Jockey and went underground. Herring worked on his hip-hop side project, Hemlock Ernst, and the group quietly began work on another album. They released a single for old friends Upset the Rhythm in 2012, then in 2013 signed with 4AD. Their first album for the label, 2014's Singles, was a streamlined, very accessible synth pop album produced by Chris Coady. They caused a splash in the indie rock community when their performance of one of the album's highlights, "Seasons (Waiting on You)," on Late Night with David Letterman left the host dazzled and nearly speechless. The band toured extensively, appeared at Glastonbury in 2015, and that same year released a single, "The Chase"/"Haunted by You." In the interim between albums, Herring kept very busy. He popped up as a guest vocalist on tracks by Clams Casino, Du Blonde, and BadBadNotGood, formed a hip-hop duo called Trouble Knows Me with producer Madlib, and appeared on numerous tracks using his Hemlock Ernst hip-hop alter ego. Amidst this flurry of activity, Herring and the rest of Future Islands found time to make their sixth album. Working with producer John Congleton, they added a layer of studio sheen to their trademark sound, while calling in Blondie's Debbie Harry to guest on a track. The resulting record, The Far Field, was issued by 4AD in early 2017. ~ Jason Lymangrover
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Albums by
Future Islands

Top Songs by
Future Islands

  1.   Song
  2.   Seasons (Waiting on You)
  3.   Ran
  4.   Cave
  5.   Fall From Grace
  6.   Doves
  7.   Inch of Dust
  8.   The Chase
  9.   Sun in the Morning
  10.   Escape Artist
  11.   Beach Foam
  12.   Seasons (Waiting On You) [BADBADNOTGOOD Reinterpretation]
  13.   Seize a Shark
  14.   Aladdin
  15.   Long Flight
  16.   Old Friend
  17.   Day Glow Fire
  18.   North Star
  19.   Time on Her Side
  20.   Like the Moon
  21.   Light House
  22.   A Song for Our Grandfathers
  23.   The Fountain
  24.   Pretty Riffy
  25.   Pinnochio
  26.   Wave Like Home
  27.   Shadows
  28.   Candles
  29.   Back in the Tall Grass
  30.   Balance
  31.   Follow Me
  32.   Vireo's Eye
  33.   Heart Grows Old
  34.   In Evening Air
  35.   Little Dreamer
  36.   Ancient Water
  37.   Through the Roses
  38.   Beauty of the Road
  39.   Spirit
  40.   I Don't Know Why
  41.   An Apology
  42.   Haunted by You
  43.   Walking Through That Door
  44.   Swept Inside
  45.   The Happiness of Being Twice
  46.   Flicker & Flutter
  47.   A Dream of You and Me
  48.   Nu Autobahn
  49.   Take It Back
  50.   Changing Your Life
  51.   Pangea
  52.   As I Fall
  53.   Tomorrow
  54.   Black Rose
  55.   Tin Man

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