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People Who Aren't There Anymore

    Future Islands was never meant to last. After eighteen years and 1,400 live shows, Future Islands show they're not only still here, they're making the most powerful music of their fascinating, but unexpectedly long and storied career.

    For Future Islands, albums aren’t a static reflection of a moment in time, they are a fluid chapter in their lives that can change and mutate. People change and pull away. The band is no different, coming up against their future while staring at their past. They’re not the same people they were when Future Islands began nearly two decades ago. They are now spread about, some settled down and some still moving. People Who Aren’t There Anymore reflects the transience of a band’s existence; the rare privilege of travelling all over the world contrasting with the sadness of fleeting moments in and out people’s lives. Being everywhere but also nowhere. Remembering the lives lost and the living they’ll never see again, cherishing the present and being grateful for the past.

    Where they’ve pursued ever-higher energy anthems in the past, they’ve turned inward this time, and unlocked a new level of ferocity, delivering some of their most inspiring and most heartbreaking tracks by doing the opposite: taking their time, making each breath, each syllable, each cymbal crash count. The result is a powerful, defining statement from a group of musicians that have made the best album of their career.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: I have to say that I never particularly got Future Islands before this album. I obviously acknowledged that they were good musicians, but I found that Herring's delivery was a little overwrought for the comparatively subtle instrumentals. For me, the rich, widescreen instrumentals on 'People Who Aren't There Anymore' are the *perfect* way to frame Herring's strong presence and results in by far their best LP to date.

    TRACK LISTING

    King Of Sweden
    The Tower
    Deep In The Night
    Say Goodbye
    Give Me The Ghost Back
    Corner Of My Eye
    The Thief
    Iris
    The Fight
    Peach
    The Sickness
    The Garden Wheel

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    As Long As You Are

      As Long As You Are looks to the past as well as the future, confronting old ghosts and embracing a new hope. It is an album about trust, full of honesty, redemption and “letting go”, allowing old wounds to heal and bringing painful chapters to a close.

      As Long As You Are also signals a new era for Future Islands. Drummer Mike Lowry officially joins as a fully-fledged member and songwriter bolstering the founding trio of William Cashion, Samuel T. Herring and Gerrit Welmers. Together, the four-piece took on official production duties for the first time, co-producing As Long As You Are with engineer Steve Wright at his Wrightway Studios in Baltimore. Their brand of new wave synth-pop full of bright melodies and heavenly choruses is as euphoric and uninhibitedly joyful as anything the band has done in their 14-year career.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: There is something absolutely enthralling about Samuel T. Herring's on-stage dancing. We all know that, but it's with no small amount of joy that I can confirm the quality of the music is indeed up to the same high standards. Longing, wistful and emotive, with electronic synthy sections beautifully offset with the more driven anthemic material. 'As Long As You Are' is a triumph, and quite possibly the best work they've done.

      TRACK LISTING

      Glada
      For Sure
      Born In A War
      I Knew You
      City’s Face
      Waking
      The Painter
      Plastic Beach
      Moonlight
      Thrill
      Hit The Coast


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