During the first week of March, this performance of the song “Seasons (Waiting On You)” by the Baltimore band Future Islands on the Late Show With David Letterman became a viral hit. With some incredible dance moves, Future Islands’ lead singer Samuel Herring meme’d his way into the digital hearts of music fans with both a fantastic performance and a tumblr gif (see below) that had everyone sharing. That said, at this year’s SXSW, the three piece 80’s influenced synth-pop/rock band stormed through Austin. The band’s new album, Singles – out tomorrow – is an excellent collection of pop songs filled with big hooks and plenty of personality. Music writer Laurence Day sums up the album succinctly in his review of the album at The Line of Best Fit:
Singles is an effortless wonder. Each and every track runs its course avoiding any pitfalls: they not once sound laboured or tryhard, and although this is still very un-standard pop, Future Islands fool you into believing this is the bar from which we gauge the charts. It’s got bits that make you shimmy and/or shake, bits to force weeping and bits to grin sans gorm. It’s endlessly positive, even in the darker moments, providing a kind of opiate numbness – it’s all gloriously warm, and no matter what troubles exist in your world, they just fizzle away into the ether.
Below, download “Seasons (Waiting On You)” via NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation: 10 SXSW Discoveries Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing. The band are playing a sold out show at the First Presbyterian Church on April 29th.
Future Islands, My Morning Download