Baltimore’s synth-pop romantics Future Islands are pleased to announce their latest video. This time they bring you a visual journey for their latest single “Balance,” which will appear on their upcoming full-length, On the Water, available October 11, 2011 on Thrill Jockey. Directed by longtime friend and collaborator, Jay Buim attempts to capture his own endless summer as he documents the character’s aimless adventure of their honest and unabashed feelings for each other set to a Future Islands soundtrack.

“Jay has been a friend of ours for a few years now. He has an eye for beauty that shows in his work, and we completely trust his vision, reflects Future Island’s vocalist, Samuel T. Herring, “There are so many different paths you can take when realizing music for film, and it’s a difficult task to elevate or bring something more than what is already there. Telling his own story, Jay has given a new life to the song, creating his own timeline and producing a wonderful work of art. We are proud to be a part of that.”

In addition to the video, Future Islands are pleased to announce their upcoming national headlining tour kicking off on October 25th in Washington D.C. Additionally they will be finishing off the summer with select festival dates. A full list of upcoming shows is listed below.

Convening in March 2011 in Elizabeth City, NC’s historic, waterfront Andrew S. Sanders House, vocalist Samuel T. Herring, bassist William Cashion, and keyboardist Gerrit Welmers lived together in a space that served as both studio and sleeping quarters. The band used this tranquil retreat to refine their most reflective and mature batch of songs to date, adding new material in the process.

What emerged is a lush yet visceral album about two parallel journeys–one physical and one psychological. On the Water‘s narrator offers enough detail that their story feels personal, yet open enough that any listener can inhabit each twist and emotional pang as their own.

For all its undeniable weight, On the Water is not a sullen concept album. Every track on the record works both as a contribution to the whole and as a stand-alone pleasure, evident in the insistent throbs, addictive melodies, and stirring vocals of tracks like “Close to None,” “Balance,” and first single “Before the Bridge.”

Make no mistake, On the Water is a record that aims to both break your heart and heal your wounds.

Track List:

01. On the Water

02. Before the Bridge

03. The Great Fire

04. Open

05. Where I Found You

06. Give us the Wind

07. Close to None

08. Balance

09. Tybee Island

10. Grease

Live Dates:

09/03 Los Angeles, CA Fuck Yeah Fest

09/10 Raleigh, NC, Hopscotch Music Festival

10/01 Grand Rapids, MI, Pyramid Scheme

10/25 Washington, DC, Black Cat *^

10/26 Millvale, PA, Mr. Small’s Theatre *^

10/27 Cleveland, OH, Beachland Tavern *^

10/28 Detroit, MI, Magic Stick Lounge *^

10/29 Kalamazoo, MI, The Strutt *^

10/30 Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall *^

11/01 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry^

11/02 Omaha, NE, The Waiting Room^

11/03 Lawrence, KS, Jackpot Saloon^

11/04 Norman, OK, The Opolis^

11/05 Austin, TX, Fun Fun Fun Fest^

11/07 Marfa, TX, Padre’s^

11/08 Santa Fe, NM, VFW^

11/09 Denver, CO, Larimer Lounge^!

11/10 Salt Lake City, UT, Kilby Court^

11/11 Boise, ID, Neurolux^

11/12 Seattle, WA, The Vera Project^

11/13 Portland, OR, Mississippi Studios^

11/15 San Francisco, CA, Bottom of the Hill^

11/16 Santa Barbara, CA, Muddy Waters^

11/17 Los Angeles, CA The Echo^

11/18 Long Beach, CA, Alex’s Bar^

11/19 San Diego, CA, The Casbah ^

11/20 Phoenix, AZ, Rhythm Room^

11/23 New Orleans, LA, Circle Bar ^

11/25 Birmingham, AL, The Bottletree^

11/26 Atlanta, GA, The Earl^

11/27 Carrboro, NC, Cat’s Cradle^

11/28 Wilmington, NC, The Soapbox^

12/01 New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom^

12/02 Philadelphia, PA, Kung Fu Necktie^

12/03 Baltimore, MD, Ottobar^

* w/Javelin

^ w/ Ed Schrader’s Music Beat

! w/ Pictureplane


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