Photo by Mike Vorassi

Via NPR Music:

[Singer Sam] Herring and Future Islands succeed on their latest release — On the Water, out Oct. 11 — which trades (most of) the band’s dance-floor catharsis for heart-tugging slow-burners. If you’re worried that the loss of beats per minute hinders what has made the band memorable live and in the recording studio, don’t fret. The group has the ability to make affecting music by using less — for an example, see the title track, which opens the record.

Despite the minimalist approach, Future Islands’ members make use of the studio and take advantage of the overwhelming amount of talent in their home city. Lush strings highlight “Grease,” while field recordings of wind chimes and the sea bookend the album. Wye Oak‘s Jenn Wasner makes an appearance in the lovely “The Great Fire,” while Double Dagger’s Denny Bowen provides live drums and percussion throughout On The Water.

You can read the full write-up and listen to streaming audio of the album here. Future Islands performs with Ed Schrader’s Music Beat at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 2nd, at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.