brutalitarians: i've got something for you guys next, promise.
while up in seattle this past weekend, my homie christopher brown pointed out a song playing in between bands at the show we were at and asked "dude have you heard these guys?". nope, hadn't (turns out I actually was at a show they played once and just missed them somehow, woops). so he goes on to describe this band Future Islands from Baltimore while i tried to pay closer attention to the song through the crowd noise. i loved his description, particularly of their singer Sam Herring, painting the portrait of a totally unassuming older dude with a combover who crooned it like nobody's business. he then asked our friend jake who was running the sound to put on the last track of their record "Wave Like Home", this amazing ballad called "Little Dreamer" and we both just stood there listening intently to this dude's totally amazing voice bounce around as the mellow synths and minimal pattering drum machine laid it on thick and sweet in the background. it was really pretty incredible to hear the song, and since then i've tracked down the record and have been jamming this total heartbreaker multiple times daily ever since.
their record is something pretty amazing too: spectacular belted-out vocals throughout and killer synth hooks make it an excellent pop record, something kind of rare to come across these days. i strongly suggest if you're feeling it, pick up the record and support some good independent music. look for this track on makeout mixxx vol. 2, for sure.