FUTURE ISLANDS - THE FAR FIELD CD / LP / 180 G WHITE LP / CASSETTE IN STORES APRIL 7
Future Islands release their fifth studio album, The Far Field, on April 7th 2017, their second full length
The Far Field refines and builds on the breakthroughs of the Baltimore-based trio’s 2014 album Singles,
bursting with undeniable hooks and disarmingly honest lyrics written by Samuel T. Herring (vocals, lyrics),
William Cashion (bass, guitars) and Gerrit Whelmers (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
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
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
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
The band premiered lead single ‘Ran’ on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Feb. 9.
In July 2015, Future Islands celebrated the milestone of playing their 1,000th show, and the North
Carolina natives continue to add to that extraordinary figure this year with world wide tour dates including
Toronto on May 27 at The Danforth Music Hall, which sold out in 3 days!
The Far Field is available digitally, on UK import 180 gram white vinyl, standard black vinyl, CD, and
““Few bands strike a balance between unfettered joy and wistful reflection as brilliantly as Future
Islands.” – NPR
“This is the kind of band that makes you wish other bands tried harder.” – Pitchfork
“An absolute and unqualified triumph.” – Stereogum
“Mournful, triumphant, heroic.” – Complex
A2. Time On Her Side
A4. Beauty of the Road
A6. Through the Roses
B1. North Star
B2. Ancient Water
B4. Day Glow Fire
B5. Shadows (feat. Debbie Harry)
B6. Black Rose