AMERICAN hipsters Future Islands’ fourth album delivers a different take on the 80s synth-pop template currently hugely fashionable.
Sounding on certain tracks not unlike OMD meets Bruce Springsteen – especially on opener Seasons – the band also take in influences from Nick Cave (on the gothic ballad Fall From Grace) and, peculiarly, Noah and the Whale on Back in the Tall Grass.
It’s always listenable, especially on the bouncy, irrepressible Spirit and Light House – which sounds like it’s going to break into a big chorus right from the off, but never does and is all the better for it – but it’s somehow lacking in thrills.
Like this? Try these: Noah and the Whale, Last Night on Earth; OMD: English Electric