Future Islands- In Evening Air

In Evening Air is the latest from Wham City associated Post-Punk band Future Islands. I wouldn’t put them in the same stylistic boat as other Whamites like Dan Deacon or the Weekenders, but they tour with them often come from the same city.

The music is simple, just a bass and keyboards with a drum machine. Samuel T. Herring’s gruff, Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown) influenced vocals take on 95% of the melodic duties and do a fantastic job of it. The impassioned acrobatics they bring to songs like Long Flight and Tin Man make the band what it is. The lack of instrumentation can make the music seem a bit thin at times, but for the most part they do a great job creating songs that build to a finish with what they have.

I can definitely hear the melodic similarities between Future Islands and Dan Deacon at moments in the albums slower, calmer second half. Its divided in the middle by the short instrumental title track, and the record flows far better for it. It makes it feel like a cohesive whole more than a simple collection of songs.

The album is out May 4th on Thrill Jockey, and you can grab a free mp3 of album highlight Tin Man right here
8.1/10

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~ by Andrew Baer on February 26, 2010.

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