Future Islands: Ran

Inherently powerful and exuberantly warm, despite the occasional lyrical darkness, the music of Future Islands carries a force that few bands can match. With “Ran,” the first single from their forthcoming album The Far Field, everything we’ve come to love about the band is in place: howling balladry, uplifting synths and a bass-line one can grab ahold of. It’s a strong indicator of what to …

BADBADNOTGOOD: Time Moves Slow (feat. Sam Herring)

The enterprising, beat-loving jazz musicians of BADBADNOTGOOD announce their next LP, describing it as “an exploration in post-genre virtuosity.” The simply titled IV comes out this July: tracks feature prolific fire producer Kaytranada (who just released his debut album 99.9% this month), bass saxophonist Colin Stetson, rapper Mick Jenkins and emerging singer-songwriter Charlotte Day Wilson. The lead single “Time Moves Slow” perfectly describes itself: sensual, …

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Future Islands: The Chase With another stunning live performance, this time of brand new single “The Chase,” Future Islands further solidified their captivating appeal and consistent relevance. Frontman Samuel T. Herring is more than a dynamic vocalist and songwriter. He’s a force to be reckoned with, and every element of his person carries his message. “The Chase” is a kinetic, charismatic track that delivers everything …