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Future Islands / Singles
Album:Singles Collection:General
Artist:Future Islands Added:May 2014

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Add Date:2014-05-23 Pull Date:2014-07-25 
Week Ending:Jun 15Jun 8Jun 1May 25

 Recent Airplay
1.Jun 12, 2014:Box of Chocolates (Another Sub)
4.Jun 10, 2014:A-philiac
A Dream Of You And Me, Seasons (Waiting On You)
2.Jun 11, 2014:A Family Affair
Sun In The Morning
5.Jun 08, 2014:Wolfe Calls
A Dream Of You And Me
3.Jun 11, 2014:Meow After Midnight
Sun In The Morning
6.Jun 07, 2014:Box of Chocolates (Sub)
A Dream Of You And Me

Album Review
Alejandra Salazar
Reviewed 2014-05-23 
Future Islands
Singles, 2014

If I had to brand this a particular genre, I would go with buzzy new wave with a touch of indie rock melodrama. However, the best thing about Singles is that it's a great smorgasbord of musical influences and moods. Some of this sounds a bit Beach House-y, other parts have me thinking of a Helio Sequence brand of electronic, and they've got a pseudo-vintage scratchy feel that you get when listening to groups like the Generationals. Tonally, you've got everything from lighthearted summer vibes to melancholy self-reflection. Worth playing through the entire thing.

1. **(3:46) Opens with a buzzy, whimsical synth and this gorgeous bassline that builds up to one of the catchiest choruses I've heard in recent releases. Earnest lyrics that you will be singing along to quite a bit.
2. *(4:22) Toe-tapping. Very 80s. Indiscernible vocals, but excellent pop song nonetheless.
3. **(3:48) Some really nice shifts between ballad-y and dance-y tunes. You've got some trumpets (?) coming into play, and the vocal/instrumental layering in the last minute is fantastic, with "ooohs" and "aaahs" that bump this song up from great to fantastic.
4. (3:28) Lighthearted backing melody with high keys and overall bouncy vibe.
5. *(4:15) Slower than the others, but the driving percussion is very solid. There's some synth/keys/bass/backing vocals that innocently float in and out of the picture, which is very much appreciated.
6. **(4:55) Slowest in the album, a bit reflective, with extra buzz and this some dreamy guitar in the background. Some beautiful echoing and synth in the chorus.
7. (4:47) Really focused on the vocals here, and everything here feels classically ~indie~. Good song, just not the best on the album.
8. (4:40) Also solid, slow ~indie~ vibes. Really poetic lyrics, and very self-contained in terms of not letting any one instrument have any particularly striking instances.
9. **(4:15) More melancholy! The vocals get really, really scratchy here; the singer's really feeling it and the emotional buildup is really, really well done. Light backing synth/keys in the verses contrast well with the heavy moody bass and buzzing guitar in the chorus.
10. *(3:59) A great balance between the lightness and the melancholy of the rest of the album. I'm digging the keys, which are having quite a bit of fun behind some synth/guitar that have got that highway drive/beach day vibe going on.

Track Listing
1.Seasons (Waiting On You) 6.A Song For Our Grandfathers
2.Spirit 7.Lighthouse
3.Sun In The Morning 8.Like The Moon
4.Doves 9.Fall From Grace
5.Back In The Tall Grass 10.A Dream Of You And Me