The Far Field

The Far Field

by Future IslandsFuture Islands


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Future Islands' 2014 album, Singles, was the moment when it all came together for them, musically, commercially, artistically. It had a handful of amazing singles, an overall sound that was sophisticated while wracked with emotion, a Chris Coady production that sanded off any sharp edges without feeling overdone, and Samuel T. Herring's brilliant vocals taking it all over the top to greatness. The band took three years before releasing its next album, The Far Field, and while it lacks the immediacy and shock of Singles, it feels like the work of a band looking to take another giant leap forward. Working with producer John Congleton this time, they add an extra layer of polish and bring in even more horns and strings than they did on the already lush Singles. This deluxe backing gives Herring more cushion to surround his vocal exhortations and desperate pleading and gives the hooky, emotionally powerful songs a widescreen feel. While there aren't any obvious classic songs like "Seasons" here, the record does feature another bravura performance from Herring and comes close to repeating the alchemy they effortlessly achieved on Singles.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2017
Label: 4Ad
UPC: 0191400000124
catalogNumber: 124
Rank: 41427

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Future Islands   Primary Artist
Debbie Harry   Vocals
Richard Dodd   Cello
David Ralicke   Trombone
Eric Gorfain   Violin
Daphne Chen   Violin
Mike Lowry   Percussion,Drums
Jordan Katz   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Leah Katz   Viola
Jason Colby   Trumpet
Section Quartet   Strings
J. Gerrit Welmers   Keyboards,Group Member
William Cashion   Bass,Guitar,Ukulele,Group Member
Samuel T. Herring   Voices,Group Member
Nick Daley   Trombone
Andres Trujillo   Tuba

Technical Credits

Theodore Roethke   Inspiration
Alison Fielding   Layout
John Congleton   Producer,Engineer
David Tolomei   Vocal Engineer
Future Islands   Composer
Atiba Jefferson   Band Photo
J. Gerrit Welmers   Programming
Kymia Nawabi   Cover Art
Patrick McMinn   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements

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