Album Review: People Who Aren't There Anymore by Future Islands
Excellent, Based on 3 Critics
Under The Radar - 80 Based on rating 8/10
For what is essentially a synth-pop band, Future Islands sure deal in some wild and cathartic emotions, thanks to uber-expressive frontman Samuel T. Herring. His power and appeal are due largely to his impressive ability to, night after night, tear his heart out on stage, literally shed some tears, and get vulnerable. But 2020's As Long As You Are was striking because it was the band's happiest album--Herring, newly in love, healing rather than chasing pain.
It's been four years since Baltimore's finest synth-pop export Future Islands last gifted us a new opus – 2020's ‘As Long As You Are’. However, whilst that is a reasonable gap between projects, the reality is that work began on their seventh album, the aptly-titled ‘People Who Aren't There Anymore’, pretty much as soon as its predecessor was released into the world. You see whilst the world was going through its own turmoil in 2020 and its immediate aftermath, Future Islands were experiencing their own microcosm of hurt, change and hope too.