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- Tomorrow / The Fountain by Future Islands
Future Islands are a band I have a lot of time for. Their album ‘In Evening Air’ from a couple of years ago barely left my record player for weeks. They peddle a sort of theatrical synthpop, a difficult style to pull off well, but there’s always a heart-rending emotional honesty to their carefully crafted pop gems and Sam Herring’s voice - a kind of midpoint between Tom Waits and Shirley Bassey - is certainly one which divides opinions, but when they’re on form he’s a powerhouse.
On this new 7” they’ve got two new songs and they’re both slowies. On the A side the sparse and soulful ‘Tomorrow’ channels ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’-era Paul Young surprisingly accurately, with some weird throaty vocal acrobatics thrown in towards the end that left our Clint looking visibly distressed, shouting at the record player to “stop it!”On the other side ‘The Fountain’ is a big romantic ‘80s-style ballad with shades of that ‘Streets of Philadelphia’ song of Bruce Springsteen’s but with a National-esque slow build running throughout it and some flowing vocals from Herring. It’s my favourite of the two songs but to be honest I’m left feeling like these guys can do much better than this. If you’re already a fan it won’t offend you but if you’re new to the band then I’d start with one of their albums.
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