Future Islands PDX Show
Sept. 7 @Branx
Future Islands is going to be playing a show at Branx on 9/7. They've spent the last year touring the nation coast to coast (and Europe twice) in support of 2011's critically acclaimed, On the Water.
Future Islands' romantic synth sound scales new heights with On the Water, the Baltimore trio's most ambitious and fully realized statement yet. Built around a song cycle exploring love, loss, and memory, their latest album 1c0a finds the band continuing to deliver pounding rhythms, swelling melodies, and undeniable hooks - but finding new ways to probe inner space and tug at hearts.
The ocean inhabits every note of these songs. On the Water is an addictive ride that demands repeat listens, eagerly awaiting the test of time. To produce these results, Future Islands fleshed out its sound with the additions of cello, violin, marimba, and field recordings. As with their 2010 breakthrough album In Evening Air, On the Water was produced by frequent collaborator Chester Endersby Gwazda, perhaps best known as producer of Dan Deacon's Bromst. Noted guests include Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner, who provides vocals on "The Great Fire," and Double Dagger's Denny Bowen on live drums and additional percussion
The band's romantic synth swells and pounding rhythms sound even better live and they've grown themselves a nice reputation for being one of the most captivating bands out there. If you like the drive of Joy Division or New Order mixed with the emotional fragility of The Cure, definitely check them out.
September 7 @Branx
9 p.m. All Ages