Monday, August 16, 2010

Back To The Future Islands

It's been a banner year for Future Islands thus far and it's only getting busier. The band spent more than two months on the road in the US (not including a couple of other smaller tours) and released their debut Thrill Jockey single In The Fall as well as their critically acclaimed second album In Evening Air. Now the band is getting ready to spend another month on the road in Europe and marking the occasion with a new EP called Undressed and by releasing another track from In Evening Air.

The songs for Undressed were recorded quickly in Baltimore's Mobtown Studios for broadcast on WYPR's "The Signal" as the band was preparing for their first ever acoustic show at the Metro Gallery in Baltimore. The sessions at Mobtown served as much as a practice as it did a recording, as Future Islands brought in three additional musicians to fill out the unplugged ensemble: Denny Bowen (Double Dagger) on drums, Kate Barutha on cello and Devlin Rice on acoustic guitar. Those performances saw Future Islands strip down rich textures and lush melodies to their core. Samuel Herring's always-affecting vocals are all the more haunting in this new setting.

Download: Walking Through That Door

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