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Best Band

Future Islands

There are great bands and game-changing bands and bands that the internet really loves and maybe Future Islands fits into all of those somehow or other. But something else has struck us over the past couple of years: its ability to convert people, to slowly pry open a listener’s chest until it’s just blood and guts and heart all sloshing around in there, totally exposed. Maybe it happens when you realize that singer Sam Herring, nearly theatrical in his gut-deep delivery, is totally for real and earnest, and that you’re totally bored of indie singers acting bored on stage. Or that “synth wave” doesn’t begin to describe the palette of programmer/keyboard player Gerrit Welmers. It’s enough to make you feel silly for having to have been converted in the first place. And we suspect forthcoming new album On the Water and the shows that will take place in its wake will create an army of new converts.

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