Artist of the Week: Future Islands
Future Islands (2006) is an American post-wave band currently formed by Samuel T. Herring (vocals), Gerrit Welmers (keyboards and programming) and William Cashion (bass and guitars). The band popularity recently exploded due to a staggering network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman and an impressive set in Austin on this year’s SXSW that granted them the Grulke Prize for Developing US Act.
Future Islands were formed from the ashes of Art Lord & the Self-Portraits with a line-up (Cashion, Herring, Welmers plus Erick Murrillo on electronic drums) that would record their first three full-lenghts: 2008’s obscure Wave Like Home, 2010’s playful In The Evening Air and 2011’s hyper-theatrical On The Water. After this strike of three great albums, the band went quiet until they announced in 2013 that the legendary indie label 4AD would release their new record the following year.
The aptly titled Singles is their most accessible album to date, packed with ten highly focused, synth-heavy and danceable songs that are the perfect vehicle for one of the most unique singers and performers of today’s pop landscape.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.