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Future Islands announce ‘On The Water’ full-length

| On 23, Jul 2011


Available Oct 10, 2011 on Thrill Jockey

“Before the Bridge” Limited Edition 7″ Available Now

“Before the Bridge” video directed by Abe Sanders:

Download “Before the Bridge” MP3 here:

Thrill Jockey is pleased to announce On the Water, the upcoming full-length from Baltimore’s synth-pop romantics Future Islands. To be released on 10 October, the trio scales new heights with their most ambitious and fully realized statement yet. Built around a song cycle exploring love, loss, and memory, their latest album finds the band continuing to deliver pounding rhythms, swelling melodies, and undeniable hooks – but finding new ways to probe inner space and tug at hearts.

As previously announced, their Before the Bridge 7″ is available now in limited edition vinyl. You can watch the video for “Before the Bridge” and download the MP3 below.

“Before the Bridge” video directed by Abe Sanders:

Download “Before the Bridge” MP3 here:

Convening in March 2011 in Elizabeth City, NC’s historic, waterfront Andrew S. Sanders House, vocalist Samuel T. Herring, bassist William Cashion, and keyboardist Gerrit Welmers lived together in a space that served as both studio and sleeping quarters. The band used this tranquil retreat to refine their most reflective and mature batch of songs to date, adding new material in the process.

What emerged is a lush yet visceral album about two parallel journeys–one physical and one psychological. On the Water’s narrator offers enough detail that their story feels personal, yet open enough that any listener can inhabit each twist and emotional pang as their own.

For all its undeniable weight, On the Water is not a sullen concept album. Every track on the record works both as a contribution to the whole and as a stand-alone pleasure, evident in the insistent throbs, addictive melodies, and stirring vocals of tracks like “Close to None,” “Balance,” and first single “Before the Bridge.”

Make no mistake, On the Water is a record that aims to both break your heart and heal your wounds.

Track List:

01. On the Water

02. Before the Bridge

03. The Great Fire

04. Open

05. Where I Found You

06. Give us the Wind

07. Close to None

08. Balance

09. Tybee Island

10. Grease

11. (untitled)