It probably says more about me than anything else that The Wire was the only reason If ever really thought of Baltimore before I wrapped my ears around Future Islands (facebook/twitter) – but now I’ve got something far more exquisite for which to remember it.
Sam’s vocals are as distinct and often romantic, with the the band has slowing the tempo from last year’s critically acclaimed In The Evening Air, allowing the songs to find solace in lush soundscapes. This is a record where the Baltimore trio grown up, refined their musical expression, but allow the songs to ebb and flow like the imagery of the sea.
Balance remains a near perfect pop song, but much of the album is a little less upbeat. It is the smouldering synth lines and understated rhythms that define this record – minimal and yet never sparse. Give Us The Wind is the epitome of this new comfort, this grand fragility. It reaches out, open palmed and full of child-like wonder – ready for your nostalgic embrace.
On The Water is out now on Thrill Jockey.Read More