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The Far Field [Digipak]
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Album: The Far Field [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Aladdin
2)    Time on Her Side
3)    Ran
4)    Beauty of the Road
5)    Cave
6)    Through the Roses
7)    North Star
8)    Ancient Water
9)    Candles
10)    Day Glow Fire
11)    Shadows
12)    Black Rose
 

Album: The Far Field [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Aladdin
2)    Time on Her Side
3)    Ran
4)    Beauty of the Road
5)    Cave
6)    Through the Roses
7)    North Star
8)    Ancient Water
9)    Candles
10)    Day Glow Fire
11)    Shadows
12)    Black Rose
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Eric Gorfain, Daphne Chen (violin); Leah Katz (viola); Richard Dodd (cello); The Section Quartet (strings); Jordan Katz (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jason Colby (trumpet); Nick Daley, David Ralicke (trombone); Andres Trujillo (tuba).
  • Audio Mixer: John Congleton.
  • Recording information: Mercy Sound, New York City (11/2016); Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, CA (11/2016).
  • Photographer: Jay Buim.
  • Future Islands' 2014 album, Singles, was the moment when it all came together for them, musically, commercially, artistically. It had a handful of amazing singles, an overall sound that was sophisticated while wracked with emotion, a Chris Coady production that sanded off any sharp edges without feeling overdone, and Samuel T. Herring's brilliant vocals taking it all over the top to greatness. The band took three years before releasing its next album, The Far Field, and while it lacks the immediacy and shock of Singles, it feels like the work of a band looking to take another giant leap forward. Working with producer John Congleton this time, they add an extra layer of polish and bring in even more horns and strings than they did on the already lush Singles. This deluxe backing gives Herring more cushion to surround his vocal exhortations and desperate pleading and gives the hooky, emotionally powerful songs a widescreen feel. While there aren't any obvious classic songs like "Seasons" here, the record does feature another bravura performance from Herring and comes close to repeating the alchemy they effortlessly achieved on Singles. ~ Tim Sendra
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[F]rontman Samuel T. Herring continues to put a begging, pleading soulman spin on the moony affliction of the Cure and New Order -- slathering his gangly sandpaper croon all over songs like the dance-pop gallop 'Ran.'"

NME (Magazine) - "Largely, this is a set of songs that seep, creep and grow in strength, like opener `Aladdin', `Time On Her Side' and `Cave'."

Paste (magazine) - "[With] a burning single called 'Cave,' where Gerrit Welmers fans out the synths to create an echoing Blade Runner-like soundscape."

Pitchfork (Website) - "[T]hey tap into the emotion that runs deep under their synth-pop, and the results are more cathartic and devastating than ever."

Clash (magazine) - "[The album] nods towards their roots whilst also pulling somewhere rather different....The appearance of Debbie Harry on `Shadows' adds a rare dash of the unexpected..."
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