Album Review

Future Islands - People Who Aren’t There Anymore

While the music is a little more inward, more reserved, it still carries all the hallmarks of the signature Future Islands sound.

Future Islands - People Who Aren’t There Anymore

There are few bands with a sound so distinctive as to be so singularly recognisable, and fewer still that have maintained Future Islands’ knack for feeling as fresh as when they started. On this, their seventh album, the band offer up a selection of songs that sit neatly alongside anything they’ve previously released. There are differences, sure, such as the ‘80s twist on ‘Give Me The Ghost Back’ that lends a certain Billy Idol drama; or Michael Lowry’s tripping, almost Afrobeat drums on ‘Iris’. But on the whole, while the music is a little more inward, more reserved, it still carries all the hallmarks of the signature Future Islands sound. Samuel T Herring’s vocal delivery remains unique and unbridled, and is put to good use telling a more grounded narrative in ‘The Fight’, as the airy synths of Gerrit Welmers and slinky, punchy bass of William Cashion colour every song without overstepping for a moment. And while there may be signs of holding back, ‘People Who Aren’t There Anymore’ still carries more than its fair share of upbeat anthems. This album isn’t much different, but why the band would ever change is a question that doesn’t need asking.

Tags: Future Islands, Reviews, Album Reviews

Read More

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Stay Updated!

Get the best of DIY to your inbox each week.

Latest Issue

February 2024

Featuring The Last Dinner Party, IDLES, Yard Act, Crawlers, Remi Wolf and more.

Read Now Buy Now Subscribe to DIY