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Future Islands announce new album, The Far Field, share single “Ran” — listen

Synth pop trio's fifth full-length due out April 7th

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    Photo by Tom Hines

    Future Islands are back. The Baltimore-based synth pop trio has announced the release of its fifth studio album, The Far Field, due out April 7th through 4AD. The lead single is called “Ran” and can be heard below. It’s a bass-led synth ballad that bears a passing resemblance to the group’s breakout 2014 hit “Seasons (Waiting On You)”.

    As the follow-up to Future Islands’ unexpectedly successful 2014 album Singles, The Far Field is undoubtedly the most anticipated release of the band’s long career. It features string and horn arrangements by Patrick McMinn and live drums by Michael Lowry, who joined the band prior to their now-legendary performance of “Seasons (Waiting On You)” on Letterman. Also making a surprise appearance is Debbie Harry of Blondie, who sings a duet with frontman Samuel T. Herring on “Shadows”.

    As the official press release explains it, The Far Field “brilliantly expresses the band’s central themes they’ve been exploring for the last decade: that there is power in emotional vulnerability, that one can find a way to laugh and cry in the same breath – and be stronger for it.” Sounds like something the world could use right about now.

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    The Far Field will be available digitally, on 180-gram white and standard black vinyl, on CD and cassette formats, and as a unique, first-of-its-kind miniature LP. Pre-order it here.

    The Far Field Artwork:

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    The Far Field Track List:
    01. Aladdin
    02. Time On Her Side
    03. Ran
    04. Beauty Of The Road
    05. Cave
    06. Through The Roses
    07. North Star
    08. Ancient Water
    09. Candles
    10. Day Glow Fire
    11. Shadows
    12. Black Rose

    Future Islands 2017 Tour Dates:
    03/21 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
    04/16 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
    04/22 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
    04/27 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
    04/28 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds University Refectory
    04/29 – Liverpool, UK @ O2 Academy
    04/30 – Brighton, UK @ Dome
    05/02 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
    05/03 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy
    05/06 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
    05/09 – Paris, FR @ Elysee Montmartre
    05/25 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s
    05/26 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre
    05/27 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
    05/28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
    05/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
    05/30 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre
    06/01 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
    06/02 – Ponte Vedra, FL @ Ponte Vedra Social Hall
    06/03 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl
    06/05 – St. Louis, MO @ Pageant
    06/06 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera
    06/07 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
    06/09 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
    06/08-11 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
    06/27 – Cologne, DE @ Live Music Hall
    06/30 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
    07/06 – Dublin, IE @ Iveagh Gardens
    07/28-30 – New York, NY @ Panorama Music Festival
    08/16-19 – Tabuao, PT @ Paredes de Coura Festival
    08/17-20 – Brecon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival

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