The Far Field sounds apiece with Singles in that their synth-pop sound remains untouched, but it's a richer, more cohesive album than the former. The band continues to traffic in tales of yearning, restlessness and heartbreak and Samuel T. Herring's lyrics are as personal as ever. Old relationships are revisited in songs like "Time on Her Side" and "Beauty of the Road," the latter of which talks about the damage touring can wreak on love.
Of course, Future Islands' best weapon is, as always, Herring's voice. Alternating between a buttery croon and a coarse growl, Herring layers various shades of vulnerability upon each other. When he and Debbie Harry duet on "Shadows," it sounds entirely natural, even lived in. It's but one highlight on album that has many.
Future Islands return to Philadelphia at The Fillmore on May 29th.
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