Future Islands – People Who Aren’t There Anymore

Ever since their debut now closer to two decades ago, Future Islands have been a cut above other synth bands....
Future Islands : People Who Aren't There Anymore
7.6 4AD
2024 
Future Islands : People Who Aren't There Anymore

Ever since their debut now closer to two decades ago, Future Islands have been a cut above other synth bands. Yes, they’ve got New Wave synthesizers like it’s the eighties, but instead of being dance-friendly, they’ve leaned into both art and emotion, with frontman Samuel T. Herring’s heart-and-shirt-rending electricity on stage. More recently, they endured the COVID era like the rest of us, and channel that into People Who Aren’t There Anymore.

Written around the lockdown dissolution of Herring’s own long-distance relationship, there is a distinct ‘pushing into the light, or at least trying to’ nature to People. From the opening driving call for love, but tinged with darkness, “King of Sweden”, to the elegy to the green valley “The Garden Wheel”, this is an album that sees & accepts sadness and even tragedy. Herring’s raw emotion is beautifully displayed in songs such as “Deep In the Night” and the reaching “Iris”, while the electronics nicely balance artistic and accessible.

We lost so much over the years, from people to knowing our own emotions. Thankfully, Future Islands haven’t lost their special ways.

Categories
Album Reviews