Future Islands perform with string and horn sections in 4AD Session – watch

Between the release of their acclaimed album, Singles, and their absolutely captivating Letterman performance of “Seasons (Waiting On You)”, Future Islands have gone from fun synthrock outfit to critical darlings (and GIF-worthy viral wunderkinds) in just a matter of months. The band continues to capitalize on their hype, this week releasing a unique orchestral live session in which they’re backed by a string quartet and brass section.

(Read: Future Islands: Looking Toward the Past, Present, and Future)

In the four-song set, which was filmed by Nick Cave: 20,000 Days On Earth directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard at 4AD’s studios, Future Islands offer up reimagined takes of Singles highlights. The new strings and horns add an extra layer of depth and beauty, making for a performance that, while understated, is still just as impassioned as their dynamic live show. Watch it below.

“Seasons (Waiting On You)”


“A Song For Our Grandfathers”

“Light House”

“Sun In The Morning”

After selling out shows in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, the band has added extra 2015 dates in those cities. Check their updated schedule below.

Future Islands 2014-2015 Tour Dates:
11/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
12/01 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
12/10 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
01/06 – Boston, MA @ Royale *
01/07 – Boston, MA @ Royale *
01/08 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *
01/09 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *
01/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
01/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
02/10 – Honolulu, HI @ The Republik
02/26 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
03/30 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
03/31 – London, UK @ Roundhouse

* = w/ Operators and Wing Dam


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