Boomkat Product Review:
One of the more intriguing American bands to fuse no-wave rhythmic antics with garage-bound indie delivery, North Carolina's Future Islands sound like a cross-pollination of band-of-the-moment TV On The Radio and Depeche Mode with a good helping of party-band silliness thrown in for good measure. 'Flicker & Flutter' features a truly staggering vocal performance from Sam Herring, whose larynx is half Jack Black, half Beth Ditto. Future Islands' music is all massively entertaining and doesn't take itself too seriously, but it's also wonderfully energetic and melodically switched-on. Another fine example of the band's unique sonic cocktail arrives on 'Seize A Shark', which fuses a pummelling electric bassline with furious drumming and another stellar vocal turn from Herring, but in amongst all that garage rock goodness, you'll notice that the driving force behind it is some dodgy Bontempi organ-alike synth line. Then next up comes another great pop song, 'Heart Grows Old' which is like a Shocking Pinks song re-imagined as a scene from a Judd Apatow movie. If that makes any sense.