I love this record. I love the track listing and the band's decision to harness and sound and feel that reminded me of Talk Talk, the Cure and Adult. when I listened to it in the dark.
My admiration for Future Islands goes back a couple of years now... they released an album called On the Water in 2011 that completely took me by surprise. I remember listening to the song Balance off that album and wondered how in the fuck would an entire room of people dance to that?
I remember reading something at the end of 2013 that the band was holed up recording a new record for 2014 and I made a reminder to look for it every week in the New Release bin...
Well a funny little thing happened when they got a ton of attention for a performance at Coachella and the Late Show with David Letterman. They fucking killed it....
The band that I kinda imagined performing together on stage and Samuel T. Herring, emoting "controlled mosh" in a form of dance that completely matched what I thought it should look like in my head.
I honestly can't say enough about this album. Like the War on Drugs album, I think it will be looked back on as a landmark release for 2014.