4-7-future-islands-far-fieldFive albums in, Baltimore based synthpop-indierock outfit Future Islands has had a great year in which they played many of the world’s biggest festivals such as Glastonbury (UK), Coachella (California) and Bonnaroo (Tennessee).

“Future Islands could easily have become single-trick jesters after “Seasons,” but The Far Field finds salvation in tragedy. Speaking with The New York Times recently, Herring said that he hadn’t yet worked out dance moves for this album. “It’s been difficult,” he said. “Hopefully people aren’t bummed out, like, ‘Where’s the new thing?’” You’d hope, for an album this tender, that this time their presence alone will be enough.” (Pitchfork)

Pitchfork rating: 7.6

The band was interviewed in the NYT earlier this year and asked about recommendations from the Baltimore music scene. Samuel T Herring said:

“If you live in Baltimore, everyone comes out to everyone’s shows. I think that’s important as a young band — you see Beach House at your show, or Dan Deacon is at your show. We’re at the shows. It inspires people. They push each other.”
William Cashion recommends Romantic States, Permanent Waves, Amanda Schmidt, Nerftoss and Ed Schrader’s Music Beat.