Single Review – Future Islands – Ran

Future Islands have announced the release of their fifth studio album The Far Field for an April 7th date. They made a lasting impression back in 2014 with their last album Singles which was aptly named for an album bursting with infectious and catchy songs. This included some energetic performances. With their new single ‘Ran’ they pursue the same approach with punchy beats, rolling bass line and a whirring synth behind it. This build up to a greater peak in the chorus is echoed by Samuel Herring’s deeper vocal snarl which ramps up the energy of the track further. It is still a infectious track, but you get the feeling that they could produce the same results with a different method if they tried. 

Owen Riddle

Single Review – Future Islands – The Chase

The Baltimore trio Future Islands debuted their new single live on one of David Letterman’s final shows back in April, and If there’s one thing that demands more attention than Samuel Herring’s abstract dance moves, it’s his voice, and the emotion that drives it.  Watching the Letterman performance, you can’t help but feel as though you’ve accidentally stumbled into the same pub your drunk dad is belting out karaoke in. Herring’s raspy growl is something you’d expect over the top of a Foo Fighters track with an electric guitar overdose, rather than accompanying a beat that Bastille’s front man Dan Smith could have produced – but that’s not to say growl and pop synth don’t cohabitate, slightly.
Watching Herring perform, it’s impossible to ignore the energy and emotion that goes into every word he sings. It’s raw and quite remarkable, and reading the lyrics you definitely grasp why there’s so much passion in what he says, and why so much attention is demanded when he takes centre stage- Samuel Herring possesses incredible presence.
Hannah Crowe