FUTURE ISLANDS - PEOPLE WHO AREN'T THERE ANYMORE
FUTURE ISLANDS - PEOPLE WHO AREN'T THERE ANYMORE
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FUTURE ISLANDS - PEOPLE WHO AREN'T THERE ANYMORE

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Released: 26/01/24 

The excellent Baltimore-based electro-indie-rock outfit Future Islands first came onto my radar via their all-timer performance on Letterman in 2014, of ‘Seasons’ (Waiting On You)’, with vocalist Samuel T. Herring undoubtedly the MVP. Possessed of old-Hollywood looks, charm and dress sense (in another life he could easily have made his dime as a character actor in 40s noir thrillers), the husky voice of a particularly plangent Joe Cocker, glide-and-shuffle dance moves straight out of the Northern Soul playbook, Herring is a beautiful anachronistic creature – a much-needed salve to the boring identikit nice-hair-plaid-shirtiness of his peers. Even the famously laconic David Letterman couldn’t hide his delight with the frontman, famously exclaiming, “I’ll take all of that you got!”

Like many others, I fell in love with Future Islands right there and then, and thus a new album from the quartet is always a reason to celebrate. People Who Aren't There Anymore is simply more extremely classy fare, with tracks such as the propulsive and serpentine ‘King of Sweden’, and the emotional gut-punch of slow jam ‘Deep in the Night’, being some of the most accomplished songs they’ve ever written. Future Islands is kraut rock for lovers, and I’ll take all of it they’ve got.