Album cover artwork for As Long As You Are by Future IslandsWith their first release in three years, Baltimore’s Future Islands stun once again with their sparkling synthpop that is equal parts melancholic and uplifting.

The quartet, led by the distinctive baritone of lead singer Samuel Herring, make impressive forays into disco-inspired territory on Born in A War and The Painter, injecting an energy that counterbalances the album’s more downbeat moments.

Delicately layered synths dazzle as they build up to showstopping moments, with lead single For You possessing shades of the band’s breakout track Seasons (Waiting on You). Much like on previous offerings, Herring wears his romantic sentiments on his sleeve, expressing experiences of heartache and self-discovery with a staggering emotional depth.

As Long As You Are by Future Islands is out October 9 via 4AD/Remote Control.
Read our interview with Future Islands frontman Samuel Herring.

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