Future Islands plays some of the most passionate electro-pop there is right now—or in existence, if you want to be fittingly melodramatic. Led by frontman Samuel T. Herring, the Baltimore-based trio creates super accessible, synth-driven songs that always manage to feel nostalgic but visionary, in the same colour-drenched wave as Wild Nothing or Tame Impala. On top of that production is Herring’s voice—full of gravelly crooning character, like Jimmy Durante-gone-Gary Glitter— and the theatrical, impassioned way he delivers lyrics that would sound overly-sentimental and far less striking in the hands of someone else. Released just this year, their Chris Coady-produced album Singles is one post-wave dance hit after another—notably, “Seasons (Waiting on You),” which they performed on the Late Show and subsequently left David Letterman dazzled and, literally, speechless. Opening is Baltimore-based Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, a self-described Bowie fanatic, sandwich maker, comedian and musician. He’s supporting Future Islands on both their North American and UK/European tours, so he must make some pretty good sandwiches.
Wed., April 30, 8:30 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 30, 2014