Best Album: Future Islands “The Far Field”

How do you react to your career heading for the stratosphere? For synth-pop trio Future Islands, the answer was a mid-tempo album that sees frontman Sam Herring, rather than ripping his heart out and trying to hand it through the speaker, sounding defeated and forlorn, more like he’s grieving rather than agonizing. Though there is a bit of anger that bubbles up on ‘Cave,’ as Herring howls with a tinge of heartbreak “I don’t believe anymore” and decides to press on. If “Singles” and the band’s legendarily melodramatic performance on Letterman won fans over with its energy and rawness, “The Far Field” proves they are capable of mining the subtleties of their sound while being just as devastating lyrically.

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