Future Islands – Singles (Rating 4.5 out of 5)
For many of us, our introduction to Indie Pop group Future Islands was courtesy of their career breakthrough, high intensity appearance on David Letterman. With lead singer and crazy dancer Samuel Herring performing his best blue-eyed soul, James brown meets the solid gold dancers jitterbug sort of dance, they had me in the first couple of seconds of their song “Singles (Waiting on You), the first of what should be several singles from their new album conveniently titled Singles.
Finally hitting their stride with this, their fourth album, the electronic and keyboard based sound is compact, concise, and highly danceable with Herring in top vocal form sounding like the long-lost son of Peter Weller and George Michael. The sound is vintage dance hall 80’s, but doesn’t sound dated at all. “Sun in the Morning” will probably be the next single, and “A Song for Our Grandfathers” is a slow burn opus that highlights the diversity in Herring’s voice and the delicate touch the band can display setting a restrained groove that is highly pleasant.
With a couple of the songs including “Lighthouse” and most notably “Like the Moon” having a distinct late career David Bowie vibe to them. this record will appeal to just about everybody. If you like Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music, you will love this record. If you are looking for a listen that is wholly unique, and one that is delivered with elegance and passion, your ear worm is waiting and ready to be worn. And if you are ready for pretty much a perfect record that reminds you why you like to listen to music in the first place, then put those headphones on and drift away.