Review of the new record from Future Islands

By Ray Rahman
Updated March 28, 2014 at 04:00 AM EDT

Future Islands, Singles
This Baltimore electro-pop band’s been making music since 2006, but they’re suddenly blowing up. Why? A few reasons, but mainly because of their recent late-night debut on Letterman, where unassuming frontman Samuel Herring’s unexpectedly wild, crazy-dancing, sex-panther showmanship was exposed to a national audience and went viral; it was the musical equivalent of watching Walter White become Heisenberg. It also helps that their fourth album is their tightest, most complete effort yet. Herring croons, growls, snarls, and all-around bares his soul on smooth dance numbers like “Seasons (Waiting on You)” and “Doves” and dark Cure-style rock (see: “Fall From Grace”), doing in public what the rest of us only do in front of our bathroom mirrors. B+