Future Islands’ new single, “Ran”, off their upcoming album, “The Far Field”, is pretty sweet. In standard Future Islands form the song revolves around lead singer Sam Herring’s rather unique voice. Backed by a hazy synth and bass but rather crisp drum beats, this song fits in with previous albums of Future Islands. I’m fairly confident that this new album will seem more like a continuation of their progression as a band rather than an evolution of their sound and I’m perfectly happy with that. I’ve come to love Future Islands, especially their last album, “Singles”, and I’d be bummed to see that sound go. They’re a distinctive sound in a sea of indistinct indie bands (due in part to Sam Herring’s voice) and for that I’m thankful.
This song has drawn me into a whole new genre of music. Distinct jazz influences are a mainstay of this song, especially the prominent saxophone. With more prominent percussion as well, this song is a great mix of new and old. It is a great example of acid jazz style music. I’ve been jamming to all kinds of jazz-based music since someone showed me this song a little while ago and I’ve really been enjoying it.
Changing it up from his Pearl Jam days, Eddie Vedder’s Into The Wild Soundtrack is some of his finest work. Ever since I read the book and watched the movie, I’ve been obsessed with this soundtrack. It captures everything I love about being in the outdoors. “Society” is definitely the highlight of the album for me. It is both my go-to adventure stoke song and my song for a good Sunday night existential crisis.
After a full day of class sometimes the best medicine is some hazy, lo-fi, dream pop. Cigarettes After Sex delivers with “Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby.” The droning of lead singer Greg Gonzalez lulls you into a relaxing listening experience. Repetitive drum beats help reinforce the lull, while still giving this song some backbone. With a very similar vibe to “Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star albeit slightly slower, if you’re a fan of Mazzy Star then you are bound to like this.
If you’re a fan of Sylvan Esso then “Breathe” by ANIMA! is definitely worth a listen. With a low-key electronic vibe in the background and strong, clear female vocals, these two artists share an uncanny resemblance. Even if you’re not a big fan of Sylvan Esso but you’re looking for a great song to write a paper to, then this is for you. Calm enough to be background music when you want it to, it still has enough depth for a great easy-listening song while putting off writing that final paper.
It may be 10 years old but Master of None by Beach House is definitely still worth a listen. Tucked away in the middle of their eponymous debut album, this piece has stuck around, racking up the plays. With a simple yet almost harsh opening, Master of None then slides into a full-on dream pop piece, complete with the haunting vocals that have become a Beach House staple.