Future Islands announce new album, The Far Field, share single “Ran” — listen

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Future Islands are back. The Baltimore-based synth pop trio has announced the release of its fifth studio album, The Far Field, due out April 7th through 4AD. The lead single is called “Ran” and can be heard below. It’s a bass-led synth ballad that bears a passing resemblance to the group’s breakout 2014 hit “Seasons (Waiting On You)”.

As the follow-up to Future Islands’ unexpectedly successful 2014 album Singles, The Far Field is undoubtedly the most anticipated release of the band’s long career. It features string and horn arrangements by Patrick McMinn and live drums by Michael Lowry, who joined the band prior to their now-legendary performance of “Seasons (Waiting On You)” on Letterman. Also making a surprise appearance is Debbie Harry of Blondie, who sings a duet with frontman Samuel T. Herring on “Shadows”.

As the official press release explains it, The Far Field “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.” Sounds like something the world could use right about now.

The Far Field will be available digitally, on 180-gram white and standard black vinyl, on CD and cassette formats, and as a unique, first-of-its-kind miniature LP. Pre-order it here.

The Far Field Artwork:

 Future Islands announce new album, The Far Field, share single Ran    listen

The Far Field Track List:
01. Aladdin
02. Time On Her Side
03. Ran
04. Beauty Of The Road
05. Cave
06. Through The Roses
07. North Star
08. Ancient Water
09. Candles
10. Day Glow Fire
11. Shadows
12. Black Rose

Future Islands 2017 Tour Dates:
03/21 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
04/16 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/22 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/27 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
04/28 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds University Refectory
04/29 – Liverpool, UK @ O2 Academy
04/30 – Brighton, UK @ Dome
05/02 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
05/03 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy
05/06 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
05/09 – Paris, FR @ Elysee Montmartre
05/25 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s
05/26 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre
05/27 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
05/28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
05/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
05/30 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre
06/01 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
06/02 – Ponte Vedra, FL @ Ponte Vedra Social Hall
06/03 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl
06/05 – St. Louis, MO @ Pageant
06/06 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera
06/07 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
06/09 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
06/08-11 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
06/27 – Cologne, DE @ Live Music Hall
06/30 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/06 – Dublin, IE @ Iveagh Gardens
07/28-30 – New York, NY @ Panorama Music Festival
08/16-19 – Tabuao, PT @ Paredes de Coura Festival
08/17-20 – Brecon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival

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