[LP] FUTURE ISLANDS have grooves much bigger than a VIREO’S EYE

a loose, and hazy time, when you were not my clementine and i was not your diamond’s eye

♫ Future Islands – Vireo’s Eye

Future Islands are a band I had stumbled across years ago with their fantastically frenetic “Old Friend” (below) but I never got around to digging deeper until Todd from Sensual Harassment recommended them and I got on the ball. Their 2010 album In Evening Air is my forst full-length exposure to them and it’s a strangely great pice of work. Future Islands’ sound is hard to describe as they work with oddly repetitive grooves the slowly transform into full-on locomotives of pulsing energy. “Vireo’s Eye” is my favorite jam off the album and follows this pattern as it layers twitchy guitars over an elastic bass-line and then brings in that dancey synth. But what really sets Future Islands apart is the vocals. J. Gerrit Welmers’ voice is an otherworldly low-register bellow that stamps all their jams with an urgency and emotion that weaves perfectly with the band’s energy. “Long Flight” and the In Evening Air’s title track are other highlights, fitting perfectly into the albums aura of tense melancholy. It’s an interesting evolution from the upbeat suger-rush “Old Friend” but one that works quite well.

♫ Future Islands – Old Friend / Wave Like Home, 2008

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