Excitement is building as Future Islands, the beloved band composed of Samuel T. Herring (vocals, lyrics), William Cashion (bass, guitars), Gerrit Welmers (keyboards, programming), and Michael Lowry (drums), gears up for the release of their eagerly anticipated seventh album, “People Who Aren’t There Anymore,” scheduled for January 26, 2024. The announcement comes hot on the heels of their triumphant “As Long As You Are” tour, illustrating the band’s relentless commitment to their craft. Future Islands, formed nearly two decades ago, remains a dynamic force in the music industry, continuously challenging themselves and their audiences.
With “People Who Aren’t There Anymore,” Future Islands embarks on a new sonic chapter, forsaking the high-energy anthems of their previous work to turn inward and explore a newfound level of ferocity. The album promises a striking blend of inspiration and heartbreak, painstakingly crafted to make every element count, from each breath to each cymbal crash. The result is poised to be a defining moment in the band’s illustrious career, as they showcase their mastery of taking their time and delivering a deeply resonant musical experience.
Alongside the album announcement, Future Islands has unveiled “The Tower,” a mesmerizing single from “People Who Aren’t There Anymore.” The track is accompanied by a captivating video directed by Jonathan van Tulleken, known for his work on top-notch series like “Top Boy” and “Shogun.” This marks the second collaboration between van Tulleken and Samuel T. Herring, who previously worked together on Apple TV’s “The Changeling.” “The Tower” joins the ranks of previously released singles such as “Deep In The Night,” “King of Sweden,” and “Peach,” all of which will feature on the forthcoming album. “People Who Aren’t There Anymore” is a product of co-production between the band and Steve Wright, with mixing credits shared by Steve Wright and Chris Coady, marking a return to collaboration for the first time since 2014’s “Singles.” Future Islands’ upcoming album promises to be a powerful and transformative addition to their discography, eagerly awaited by fans and critics alike.