A work of subtle evolution...

The phrase ‘why fix what isn’t broken’ springs to mind upon first listen of Future Islands’ newest offering Samuel T Herring is graced with the gift of story telling, and throughout the album - as he has done for the last decade – continues to pour his heart into every available crevice.

Standout moments include the glorious single ‘For Sure’ - it’s gospel-esque rhythm crashes into being, and leaves feelings of euphoria in its wake – it’s only possible downfall being that the track wouldn’t go amiss whatsoever on 2014 album ‘Singles’.

The recipe is right: Herring’s blessed baritone vocals teamed with their trademark bittersweet synth and hefty baselines will continue to make for decent, honest albums for as long as the four-piece please, but the introduction of a faster, lighter tempo in tracks like ‘The Painter’ and ‘Hit The Coast’ could mark the beginning of a much-needed dive into uncharted musical waters.

6/10

Words: Laura Copley

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