Future Islands’ In Evening Air is a great album that’s unexpectedly become something I listen to almost once daily. (Actually, maybe me liking smart, shaggy, sorta dark DIY new wave isn’t unexpected.) At the end of March I posted “In The Fall” from the four-song In The Fall 12″, a teaser that also includes an extended (by a minute and change) take on In Evening’s “Tin Man.” It’s not the best song on the full-length — that award goes to “Long Flight” or the album ending one-two punch of “Vireo’s Eye”/”As I Fall” — but it is a good way to get to know the Baltimore trio a little better. In the Jay Buim-directed video the Islands take the backseat to pretty scene-establishing stills and partying friends helping to document the band’s move form NC to MD, but Samuel T. Herring’s resonating, refined Tom Waits-on-Frog Eyes voice and the synthesized/steel-drummed instrumentation dominates the proceedings from the edges of the firecracker smoke and the live-show shadows.
In Evening Air is out 5/4 via Thrill Jockey.