Future Islands [PETROL BLUE VINYL] - New LP
As Long As You Are looks to the past as well as the future, confronting old ghosts and embracing a new hope. It is an album about trust, full of honesty, redemption and “letting go”, allowing old wounds to heal and bringing painful chapters to a close. The album features the singles ‘Born In A War’, ‘Moonlight’, ‘Thrill’ and ‘For Sure’. Signalling a new era for Future Islands, touring drummer Mike Lowry officially joins as a fully-fledged member and songwriter bolstering the founding trio of William Cashion, Samuel T. Herring and Gerrit Welmers. Together, the four-piece took on official production duties for the first time, co-producing As Long As You Are with engineer Steve Wright at his Wrightway Studios in Baltimore. Given time to allow the songs to slowly come to life, these 11 new songs of post wave synth-pop are as euphoric and uninhibitedly joyful as anything the band has done in their 14-year career.
“Melding melodic punch with brooding gloom, Future Islands’ role as new wave torch bearers is assured on a sixth album gilded with emotional and sonic depth, symptomatic of their rising status as seasoned songsmiths.”- The Line of Best Fit (9/10)
“A marvellously-produced album that jumps out of the speakers, brimming with confidence and dripping with arena-sized existential anthems.” - Loud and Quiet (8/10)
"Sumptuous.” - Uncut (8/10)
“Existential bangers from Baltimore’s most eccentric band.”- NME (4/5)
“One of the most anticipated albums of the season.” - Consequence of Sound
"This album feels like the next step in their story, with more deeply felt New Romantic intensity than ever.” - Rolling Stone