Day 178 – One more album

Having enjoyed The Universal Want from Doves since it came out last week, I’m now already really looking forward to Future Islands new album As Long As You Are, due out on the ninth of next month.

Just look at the passion in this performance. Incredible.

And suddenly there are four contenders for the top three spots in the 6000 miles… Album of the Year. To be fair, I’d love it if there were a few more too. Considering the disaster that 2020 has been, the music has been pretty good.

Well, it’s not like the musicians had anything else to do…

Day 149 – Sunday morning, 4am

I don’t generally do much of Sunday morning. You may say that I am wasting the best bit of the day, but “wasting” is a very subjective term, and if I have the chance to grab a nice, warm, cosy lie-in in winter – well, I’m not going to object. It is after all, “the day of rest”.

So it would have to be something very special to wake me up at 4 o’clock on a Sunday morning, and yet I actually do find myself tempted by this…

 

 

If you are reading this and thinking that I’m hinting at a suitable birthday present, thank you, but please don’t. I’m really undecided on whether this is a thing I want to do – I mean, it is something that I want to do, but whether I’ll feel that way at 3:55am that day… mmm… I’m less sure.

And then there’s the rest of the family. I mean, you spend all that money ($15 = R39,000,000) (ish) and you get up at 3:55am and then you listen to a concert on headphones so as not to wake the kids and the (probably bewildered) beagle?

I’m unconvinced.

That said, “their only show of 2020″… And the new stuff is really good

Plenty to think about. And plenty of time to think about it.

Day 133 – New Future Islands sounds very much like old Future Islands

And this is a good thing.

More of bands I like doing more of the things I like, please.

NME agree:

Musically, they haven’t meddled with the formula they’ve been nurturing for a decade. The songs are built around Gerrit Welmers’ rippling synths and William Cashion’s propulsive basslines. And Herring’s still determined to plough all of his rawest emotions into the lyrics.

Indeed.

And more of the bands I don’t like as much, changing tack and doing things that I do like.
That would make the world a better place.

Set in and around a suitably post-apocalyptic Baltimore, the video for For Sure actually left me a bit cold, but as mentioned above, I’m loving the music.

Apparently, BTV, they were playing several new songs, so this looks good for a new album some time soon – it’s been three years.

Fingers crossed.

Changing

Do people change? Do all people change?
When it comes to indie music, the jury is very much still out, it seems.

Yep. Spotify served up a bit of a potential argument amongst bands yesterday as Tame Impala’s Yes I’m Changing was immediately followed by Future Islands’ Seasons (Waiting On You).

[Aside: Remember this? Wow. Yes.]

See, Tame Impala are very much of the impression that people do change, even going so far as to vehemently refute any other possible scenario:

They say people never change, but that’s bullshit, they do

Pretty comprehensively coming down on one side of the fence there. And why wouldn’t they, given the title of the song?

Future Islands are less convinced though, taking a more pragmatic approach. Sure, people changing is a thing, but do all people really change? Well, no. Not according to them:

People change, even though some people never do

And even then, if people do change, is there any net difference once that process has taken place? Sam Herring says not:

You know when people change
They gain a piece but they lose one too

This is basically the First Law of Thermodynamics applied to personality. And that tells us pretty much that nothing ever changes, which certainly sticks a metaphorical finger up at Tame Impala, doesn’t it?

If it came down to straight fist fight though, Tame Impala would surely win.

So what do we learn from this? Maybe that there are clearly diverse opinions on the ability of individuals to metamorphosize change, or maybe that I should just accept that there’s probably very little value in analysing song lyrics quite so deeply, even when there are consecutive, apparently contradictory opinions expressed therein.

My Spotify playlist featuring both these songs, plus a vast array of others full of words postulating upon life, love and most other stuff (including, in one case, Pink Robots), is available here.

Future Islands at Coachella

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was chasing the new Future Islands album. I caught it just before we left for Namibia, but there wasn’t much time to give it a good listen on the Orange River. And when I did get around to it, it was actually rather disappointing. The new Elbow album wasn’t like that – it was instantly captivating. But sometimes you need to hear things a couple of times before they grab you.

Patience, grasshopper.

Now I’ve heard it a bit more, I’m there. Right with it. Singing along, loving it. And then there was this:

Sam Herring emulating his infamous Letterman appearance – at least in part – live on stage in California last weekend. For the record, the latest single, Ran, is also available on the Coachella channel. There’s some good Radiohead too, but that’s not what this post is about.
UPDATE: This channel has since disappeared. Weird. 

As for the album, from a slow start, it’s become a very real contender for the coveted 6000 miles… Album of the Year award. I’m really intrigued to see what gets released from it too. I have my favourites (spoiler: they’re Ancient Waters and Cave), but let’s wait and see if the band/record label agrees.