Future Islands will release their fifth studio album, "The Far Field", on 7th April 2017. The Baltimore-based trio’s first single ‘Ran’ can be heard online today, by clicking here to stream in the platform of your choice, or in the player below.
"The Far Field" refines and builds on the breakthroughs of their 2014 album Singles, bursting with undeniable hooks and disarmingly honest lyrics written by Samuel T. Herring (vocals, lyrics), William Cashion (bass, guitars) and Gerrit Welmers (keyboards, programming).
After the success of Singles and the hundreds of Future Islands shows played in that period, the trio came off the road and jumped straight into other projects, releasing albums as Peals (Cashion’s project with Bruce Willen from Double Dagger), Moss Of Aura (Welmers), Hemlock Ernst (Herring), and the Snails (Cashion and Herring), whilst Herring also lent his idiosyncratic vocals to collaborations with Clams Casino and BADBADNOTGOOD.
The band began writing new material in January 2016 on the coast of North Carolina, and continued throughout the year in Baltimore before road-testing these songs at a series of secret shows under fake names. Later that year, they travelled to Los Angeles to record with Grammy Award-winning producer John Congleton at the legendary Sunset Sound, where everyone from The Beach Boys to Prince have laid down masterpieces. With string and horn arrangements by Patrick McMinn, The Far Field is the first Future Islands record to feature live drums by Michael Lowry, who joined the band prior to their sensational performance of ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’ on David Letterman’s late night TV show. Blondie’s Debbie Harry also makes a guest appearance, in a duet with Herring on penultimate track ‘Shadows’.
Across The Far Field’s twelve chest-pounding love songs and odes to the road, Future Islands brilliantly expresses the band’s central themes they’ve been exploring for the last decade: that there is power in emotional vulnerability, that one can find a way to laugh and cry in the same breath – and be stronger for it.
"The Far Field" is released worldwide on 7th April. It will be available digitally, on 180gm white and standard black LP, CD, cassette formats and as a unique, first-of-it's-kind miniature LP.
You can pre-order the album now via 4AD here.
You can pre-order via all digital platforms here*.
*Digital pre-orders will recieve 'Ran' as an instant download.
Future Islands – "The Far Field"
2. Time On Her Side
4. Beauty Of The Road
6. Through The Roses
7. North Star
8. Ancient Water
10. Day Glow Fire
12. Black Rose
In July 2015, Future Islands celebrated the milestone of playing their 1000th show, and the North Carolina natives will continue to add to that extraordinary figure this year with North American, UK and European tour dates, as well as festival appearances including Coachella, Bonnaroo and a headline set at Green Man.
21st – Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany *VENUE UPGRADED [TICKETS]
14th - 16th, 21st - 23rd – Coachella Music & Arts Festival, Indio CA, US [TICKETS]
27th - Barrowlands, Glasgow, UK [TICKETS]
28th - Leeds University Refectory, Leeds, UK [TICKETS]
29th - O2 Academy, Liverpool, UK [SOLD OUT]
30th - Dome, Brighton, UK [SOLD OUT]
2nd - Rock City, Nottingham, UK [TICKETS]
3rd - O2 Academy, Bristol, UK [SOLD OUT]
6th - Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain [TICKETS]
9th - Elysee Montmartre, Paris, France [TICKETS]
25th - Lupo’s, Providence RI, US
26th - State Theatre, Ithaca NY, US
27th - Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON, Canada
28th - Stage AE, Pittsburgh PA, US
29th - The Fillmore, Philadelphia PA, US
30th - Jefferson Theatre, Charlottesville VA, US
1st - Orange Peel, Asheville NC, US
2nd - Ponte Vedra Social Hall, Ponte Vedra FL, US
3rd - Vinyl, Pensacola FL, US
5th - Pageant, St. Louis MO, US
6th - Riviera, Chicago IL, US
7th - Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee WI, US
8th - 11th – Bonnaroo Music + Arts Festival, Manchester TN, US [TICKETS]
9th - Egyptian Room, Indianapolis IN, US
27th - Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany
30th - Rock Werchter, Belgium [TICKETS]