Future Islands Are Now - Interview Magazine
The best album by Future Islands is Singles which is ranked number 1, in the overall greatest album chart See full search results on eBay Overall Rank | Number of Charts | Average Rating | Number of Ratings | Release Date | Title. Thanks to a performance on "Late Show With David Letterman" that went viral, Future Islands are now ready for their close-up. This is pop music distilled, something Future Islands have been working at since their earliest lo-fi electro-punk records. Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Future Islands.
At least for me, I was really strung out on touring, and a big part of that was a relationship I was in, which was really up and down just because of the fact that I was gone all the time.
The whole basis of our relationship was me being gone. I knew her for three weeks and then I was went away for six and then I came back for two and then I was away for five, and it kind of continued like that for two and a half years.
I imagine that made for a bittersweet homecoming.
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I was really torn. Living in the same city with someone that I was in a relationship with was something I had never done. I had all that time to bury it or not deal with it or not think about it because I was constantly on the road. I spent a lot of time at my house, cooking for myself and taking care of things. It was really weird.
As far as process goes, how did Singles compare to the last two albums? How did you settle on calling it Singles?
Through the whole recording process, I was writing things down, William wrote some things down. And I liked the way it sounded. I think it spoke well to what we set out to do, which was just to write as many songs as we could and then put out the best ones. Is that not always the goal? We only ever crammed in writing in between tours and worked out songs on the road in front of audiences.
We kind of wanted to try something new.
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Were you surprised by the results? The music that Gerrit and William were coming up with was really getting under my skin and inspiring and pushing me in new ways. I was listening to the demo and looking out at the land, which is about half a mile back off this dirt road and surrounded by burnt-out farms and old fields and tall walls of pine trees. I started thinking about my grandparents and the way they lived, the way they came up, and what that land was like then.
Does environment tend to impact your writing?
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I feel like North Carolina is a big part of our songwriting. The South has a certain poetry and romance to it, lots of old ghosts.
I feel like home is just where we are. We make the van our home, we make our homes our home; we make anywhere our home at this point. What about your definition of love? This became a problem when Herring's lyrics started to take a turn for the soul-baring and impassioned.
People stopped laughing and they developed a loyal cult following, but they seemed the kind of band destined to have "7. And then they moved from Thrill Jockey to the august indie label 4ADwhich secured them the Letterman slot. They had, says Herring, "no expectations beyond blowing a few dads' minds, guys sitting at home, drinking scotch, going: It's just like, Move!
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Feel something, take my hand, hold on to that person beside you, feel this energy, you know. It's all a hope. I'd expected him to be embarrassed by this, in the time-honoured manner of the indie frontman who writes painful songs about romantic disaster, but, rather winningly, he appears to be chuffed to bits.
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But from an outside perspective, its appeal is obvious. On the most prosaic level, Seasons Waiting on You is a fantastic song, from what's audibly Future Islands' best album yet: Singles is, as Cashion puts it, "full of awesome full-on jammers".
Moreover, in a world of "meh", here was a performance that seemed to have a genuinely polarising effect. People either seemed to love it or find it completely excruciating for exactly the same reasons: It's funny that there are people on social media who are actually sort of mad at themselves, they like apologise on social media that they don't like it: Go find something you like, you're not hurting our feelings.