“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
“existential bangers from Baltimore’s most eccentric band” – NME, ★★★★
Album Of The Week – AU Review, ★★★★
“Future Islands stun once again with their sparkling synthpop that is equal parts melancholic and uplifting.” – STACK
“Brimming with confidence and dripping with arena-sized existential anthems… As Long as You Are is the rejuvenated sound of a band who finally found what they are looking for.”– Loud and Quiet
“A work of incredible density, and yet, it feels so light. A remarkable dichotomy.” – Scenestr
“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
Today, Future Islands have released their sixth album As Long As You Are via 4AD / Remote Control Records. Earlier this week, the band launched As Long As You Are Listening, Together, an interactive real-time cooperative listening event, released a new video for ‘Born In A War’ and performed ‘For Sure’ on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Tomorrow night, to celebrate the release of As Long As You Are, Future Islands will perform their only show of 2020. The Baltimore group have been road warriors for over a decade, touring extensively every year without fail, but 2020 is the first year the band will not hit the road since 2008. Instead, for their 1,235th live show, the group will move online for a one-off global livestream event tomorrow night, Saturday 10 October at 8PM AEDT. ‘A Stream of You and Me’ will be filmed in Maryland and feature a bespoke one-off light show created by light artist Pierre Claude (The Strokes, Phoenix, Gesaffelstein). The broadcast will be directed by Michael Garber (Phoenix, Bon Iver, Kamasi Washington). For further details, and to purchase tickets, head toHandsome Tours.
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 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.
As Long As You Areis now available digitally, on CD, standard black vinyl, petrol blue vinyl (4AD and indie stores only), fluorescent orange vinyl (band store only) and cassette (4AD Store, band store and US indies only). To order, head to futureislands.ffm.to/aslongasyouare.
Future Islands – As Long As You Are is out now via 4AD / Remote Control Records.