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Baltimore's finest, Future Islands, stormed back on Tuesday night (Jan. 31) with their propulsive new single, "Ran." The urgent, new wave-y song with a throbbing New Order-style bass line is the first taste of the band's upcoming fifth studio effort, The Far Field, due on 4AD on April. 7. A press release announcing the album promised that its dozen "chest-pounding" love songs "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.”
"Ran" is a sequel of sorts to the group's breakout 2014 single, "Seasons (Waiting on You)," which found athletic singer Samuel T. Herring pocketing his more intense vocal style for a softer, more melodic sound. On the new song, a spin on the classic "on the road, missing you," ballad, Herring sings "On these roads/ Out of love, so it goes/ How it feels when we fall, when we fold... And what's a song without you?/ When every song I write is about you/ When I can't hold myself without you/ And I can't change the day I found you."
The album was produced by Grammy-winner John Congleton (Spoon, Rogue Wave) and is the group's first to feature live drums by Michael Lowry, who joined the band just before their breakout performance of "Seasons (Waiting on You)" on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2014. Blondie's Debbie Harry is featured on the song "Shadows."
The Far Field track list:
"Time on Her Side"
"Beauty of the Road"
"Through the Roses"
"Day Glow Fire"
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