CD of the Week from Future Islands
In the great tradition of art school bands (mainly in England, but Talking Heads also come to mind), the members of Future Islands started playing music together while they were art students at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, approximately a decade ago. There have been personnel changes along the way, and a move to Baltimore. Then came the release of the first Future Islands full-length album in 2008, establishing the New Wave-inspired synthpop sound they have been refining ever since. The new record, Singles, is their most successful to date, with catchy songs and fine vocal work from frontman Samuel T. Herring.