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Future Islands — A Song for Our Grandfathers
Album: Singles
Avg rating:
7.1

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Total ratings: 1978









Released: 2014
Length: 4:53
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Been a long time, in a low place
Surrounded by what I have made
Need to get away
Get away from what relates
And what was done...

Cuz it's all over now

Through the woods, I come running to loose leaf
And carve my name
In the lines, there's not a trace
I hear the ghost whisper, and those old eyes watching me
But I feel safe...
Grandfather looking over me

He said:
Don't make them wait
Gotta go a long way
Let's be brave
Don't make them wait
Nah, don't make them wait

I sat down, with a coffee on my bent knee
Looking out, at the burnt land, looking back at me
These used to be green crops
And high on a summer breeze
No it's fallow fields and clear-cut barren weeds

They said that if I stared
The abyss would stare back at me
So I did...
And I felt it slowly creep in me

Save for the smoke, that danced when I took a drag
It made me think about the way it all came to be...
Grandma watching over me

And she said:
Don't make them wait
Gotta go a long way
Let's be brave
Don't make them wait
Nah, don't make them wait

Don't make them wait, nah
Don't make them wait

I hear the ghost whisper
And those old eyes watching me
But I feel safe
I feel safe
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MORE FI, please!!!
 Prius wrote:
This is absolutely stunning - 10.
 

Agreed. This is special. Quality at it's finest.
This vomit launch voice is still disgusting.
I still remember the first time seeing future islands do that crazy dance on Letterman. The song was interesting enough to look at some of their other stuff. But this tune has over the past few years risen to the point where whenever it comes on its so distracting (in a good way, i'm probably just getting old..). So, i'm giving it a 10, and buying a copy...

Off topic, weirdly enough I have a couple computer that are all on different playlists despite "main RP mix", I had to sync this one to "browser tab" whatever that is, to get it to sync to "RP main mix" on another PC.
It does grow on you 6>7.
Saw on another thread that someone described his voice as Tom Jones like.  It is unusual. Pun intended.


 wgsu_1978 wrote:
"Through the woods, I come running to loose leaf"

I've always preferred spiral bound.
 


BillG wrote:
I disagree. I find loose leaf much preferable to bagged tea. :-)  


I prefer Sweet Leaf {#Dance}
 arserocket wrote:
Just hoovered this bile up into one place and I'm now going to blow it into the ether forever, bye bye bad comments ...' This is unbelievably bad. 2>1, The vocals are appalling. Continued exposure fails to improve them one iota. These vocals are sickening. So is arsenic. I’ll pass. The Voice is the tone of a cat yowling before it vomits. Rush for the PSD'...

 

Come, come ... don't beat about the bush ... tell us what you really think about this band.
 
Saw this band on a Glastonbury vid and thought they were bizarre...and yet... many times when listening to Radio Paradise I've thought 'Oh, this sounds interesting, I wonder who it is?' and of course it's Future Islandss. I feel an album purchase coming on ! These guys must have the slowest burning appeal I've ever experienced . Have to say I love the guy's voice. This station is so cool...
Just hoovered this bile up into one place and I'm now going to blow it into the ether forever, bye bye bad comments ...' This is unbelievably bad. 2>1, The vocals are appalling. Continued exposure fails to improve them one iota. These vocals are sickening. So is arsenic. I’ll pass. The Voice is the tone of a cat yowling before it vomits. Rush for the PSD'...

 


Indeed a distinctive voice. Reminds me of some of the best bits of Talk Talk. 
 Segue wrote:
The Voice is the tone of a cat yowling before it vomits. Rush for the PSD.
 
Interesting, I myself just bought it through the RP link to amazon mp3
The Voice is the tone of a cat yowling before it vomits. Rush for the PSD.
This is absolutely stunning - 10.
So it's a voice they wouldn't turn their chairs for in The Voice.
THAT'S A GOOD THING.
So it's a face and a dance that similarly wouldn't appease bland mass appeal.
THAT'S A GOOD THING TOO.

I find it hilarious, people getting upset about his voice. I sat through 12 minutes of Dylan a few songs ago, once again an acquired taste.   What voice isn't different? 

What sound that is made in any particular song, that does not attract or annoy individuals? 
   
 westslope wrote:
BillG is correct, the voice is an acquired taste.  
 
So is arsenic.

I'll pass.
 westslope wrote:
BillG is correct, the voice is an acquired taste.  

Been acquiring tastes in vocals for a very long time:  Bob Dylan, Jon Anderson, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Bjork, Tom Waits, etc.
 
Welcome to the club!
 wgsu_1978 wrote:
"Through the woods, I come running to loose leaf"

I've always preferred spiral bound.
 
I disagree. I find loose leaf much preferable to bagged tea. :-)
I' ve always love "odd voices." Waits, Prine, Dylan, Cohen, etc. I've also always loved harmony. Hence I love 10CC and The Beach Boys. My first album was "Little Deuce Coupe."
 1wolfy wrote:
Always enjoyed this tune. In memory of the finest Opa and Oma watchin over me
 
Me too . 10.
Yes the singer has a 'different" voice, I must admit to liking for short periods I couldn't do a whole album. Still better than Tom Waits.
BillG is correct, the voice is an acquired taste.  

Been acquiring tastes in vocals for a very long time:  Bob Dylan, Jon Anderson, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Bjork, Tom Waits, etc.
I sometimes wonder if Bill chooses songs based on the weird cover art.
"Through the woods, I come running to loose leaf"

I've always preferred spiral bound.
 Segue wrote:
These vocals are sickening.

 
I'm with BillG - I think the unique quality of his voice is pretty groovy and I've grown to like most/all of the Future Islands tracks he plays.  LONG LIVE RP!!
These vocals are sickening.
 aelfheld wrote:

The vocals are appalling.  Continued exposure fails to improve them one iota.

 
I at least like your use of the word iota.
Always enjoyed this tune. In memory of the finest Opa and Oma watchin over me
 david@darluthier.com wrote:
Cheese, but good cheese!

 
Gouda?
Whoever Future Islands is, I really like them.
Cheese, but good cheese!
 cmcisaac wrote:
The first time I heard this band I was turned off by the vocals but then the more I listened, the more I liked them. Naysayers should at least give them a fair chance! 
 
The vocals are appalling.  Continued exposure fails to improve them one iota.
 {#Yes}the lyrics are quite nice too  westslope wrote:
Off with your heads you naysayers.   The vocals are the best part!   {#Nyah}

 


This...  Song For Our Ancestors
Should follow that.
 arserocket wrote:


Yes.... it is pure gold. You have to love this band

 
Well, you don't have to.  But I do really like them.
Ten to ten{#Music}
 johnybladex wrote:

Actually, it's pure 10.

 

Yes.... it is pure gold. You have to love this band
 lasker98 wrote:
This is unbelievably bad.  2>1

 
Actually, it's pure 10.
This is unbelievably bad.  2>1
{#Music}
 cmcisaac wrote:
The first time I heard this band I was turned off by the vocals but then the more I listened, the more I liked them. Naysayers should at least give them a fair chance! 

 
Agreed. The more I listen the more I like.
The first time I heard this band I was turned off by the vocals but then the more I listened, the more I liked them. Naysayers should at least give them a fair chance! 
 Chumbawamba-1984 wrote:

Agree.  Looks like he is warning up as a ice hockey goalie before the game.  

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOGq85w0w1Y
Off with your heads you naysayers.   The vocals are the best part!   {#Nyah}
 jchrise wrote:
Regardless if you like these guys or not, DO NOT view them playing live. You won't be able to unsee Samuel T. Herring's dancing in your mind EVER. The dude's moves are inhumanly psychotic!

 
Agree.  Looks like he is warning up as a ice hockey goalie before the game.  
 Segue wrote:
disgusting voice. not even singing.
 
I think the term you were looking for is "unique".
I can appreciate someone who doesn't sound like everyone else.  He's on pitch, just sings with an odd emphasis.
disgusting voice. not even singing.
I now realise that the singer reminds me a lot of Daan, a Belgian artist. Those who like this singing style but want a slightly less extreme version of it, could check him out.
" 'Bridge', not badge." - That's all I recall of the story ~
Great vibe. Yet another North Carolina connection...
Regardless if you like these guys or not, DO NOT view them playing live. You won't be able to unsee Samuel T. Herring's dancing in your mind EVER. The dude's moves are inhumanly psychotic!
This only compelling for the vocals. 
It's Ok taken in small doses. I listened to the whole album and his quirky voice was starting to grate on me by the end.
I love the vocals
 Prius wrote:

10 for me. Getting better every time I hear it. Thanks Bill!
 
This is a 9. "Spirit" track is a 10 :)
I love the '80s sound of this band. The voice is very warm.
Second that, it seems unaffected and just....him and them.
Just love this song {#Cheesygrin}
Excellent! {#Music}
 calypsus_1 wrote: 
Which one of them let Polly out, do you think?
 onelittlemoose wrote:
Wow. What was I thinking?  I had rated this a 6 when I last heard it. I bumped it up to a 7. And now 8. This. Is. So. Good. 

 
10 for me. Getting better every time I hear it. Thanks Bill!
Wow. What was I thinking?  I had rated this a 6 when I last heard it. I bumped it up to a 7. And now 8. This. Is. So. Good. 
Super cool {#Bananajam}
Digging it!
Told ya so {#Wink}
I never switch the music source.   There is nothing better out there !
 
So sorry but Future Islands is wayyyyy overplayed. One of the very few bands on RP that make me switch the music source.


Moving Portrait


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Great video of a live show: https://www.npr.org/event/music/306847305/future-islands-live-in-concert
 jazzdevil wrote:
The good vocals save the song because the music is not so good. 4

 
Crazy how opinions can be so different! I was just thinking: it's a shame the singer sounds like someone is repeatedly hitting him in the throat, 'cos the music's not so bad" lol!

But even if I like it a bit more, this song is played way too often on RP these days! 
 zurcronium wrote:
Come on, the lead singer has got to be pushing 50 or so. Of curse live is not as clean as produced voice. 
 
"Pushing 50"?  These guys met in college in the mid-2000s; they are probably no older than their early thirties, not that it matters when it comes to making music.

*edit - the singer was born in 1984
 zurcronium wrote:
Come on, the lead singer has got to be pushing 50 or so. Of curse live is not as clean as produced voice. 
 
What's wrong with pushing 50....or even 60? (I am 60 and in a rock band.......still have things to do)
The good vocals save the song because the music is not so good. 4
Ridiculous and amateur looking artwork. Detracts from the experience unfortunately. I like the music far more than the artwork. Ugh.
There's a future island in the Caribbean right now. It's an undersea volcano that's about to erupt. In case you care, the volcano's name is Kick 'em Jenny.

It's true.

 
 westslope wrote:

I love the unassuming every other guy look of the band members.  

They look like major, serious highly disciplined drug dealers but so do guys who unpack boxes at the local grocery store.  

.....   

The music is terrific.  Yet another great discovery on radio paradise. 

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 no_twits wrote:


I'm new to RP. Does it have a twit filter?

 
It IS a vomit voice, but the best one I've heard.
8 for me too - if he can dance like that in front of millions on tv then he gets my vote for sheer 'balls'. It's a great song anyhow
 Relayer wrote:
Caught these guys on the Later with Jools Holland show last week.  Singer was full of surprises:
1: His distinctive voice is not that of a large black man (like I pictured), but a white guy who looks like he was plucked straight out of the suburbs. 
2: He also has one hell of a stage presence with some funky dancing.   Guys has some cool cred going on for sure.
 
All I can imagine is something like THIS:

another contrived and pretentious offering...
8 from me..
 Relayer wrote:
Caught these guys on the Later with Jools Holland show last week.  Singer was full of surprises:
1: His distinctive voice is not that of a large black man (like I pictured), but a white guy who looks like he was plucked straight out of the suburbs. 
2: He also has one hell of a stage presence with some funky dancing.   Guys has some cool cred going on for sure.
 
I love the unassuming every other guy look of the band members.  

They look like major, serious highly disciplined drug dealers but so do guys who unpack boxes at the local grocery store.  

.....   

The music is terrific.  Yet another great discovery on radio paradise. 
In reading these comments I can tell that they are from young people who's Grand Parents are still around.
For some of us our Grand parents are long gone and this song brings a smile to my face.  Trust me someday 
this song will bring a smile to your face as well.  Besides it sounds great.
Cool song man, imo, it is worth really listening to
Thank Goodness for Mozart (Thanks to PSD)!
Come on, the lead singer has got to be pushing 50 or so. Of curse live is not as clean as produced voice. 
 jules44 wrote:
It's been two days since this song was last played! This is why I hate it, So, so, soooooooooo sick of it!
thanks goodness for PSD! 

 
Exactly!
It's been two days since this song was last played! This is why I hate it, So, so, soooooooooo sick of it!
thanks goodness for PSD! 
not this song again!!!! Blah! 
 xtalman wrote:
Saw the end of their set on Austin City Limits the other night.  Production sound is different on the vocals vs. live.  Much cleaner on the recording, the lead vocals were much more garbled live.  Plus the dude jumps around more then any body should while sing.  I liked what I hear here was a bit disappointed by the live set.
 
I saw the same. You're dead-on.
 no_twits wrote:

I'm new to RP. Does it have a twit filter?

 
It does, but no-one has ever fixed it.  It seems to sound better without one.
 Segue wrote:
vomit voice.

 
I'm new to RP. Does it have a twit filter?
The lyrics make the song for me but I also love the music; play this all the time. The negative comments sure show how people "hear" differently; things resonate differently.
 calle01 wrote:
Horrible!

 
Segue wrote:
vomit voice.

 
Has anyone ever seen these two at the same time?
I like it and I like the 'Lord of the Dance' too - we be dancin in our trailer to this, buck naked like a hog skinner on moonshine
vomit voice.
This song is meh.  at first, with the layered tracks, I thought rp was broken, and I somehow was streaming 2 songs, or there was some lag issue. 
nicely layered tracks on this CD..well done Lads !  The songs seem to come to life as they carry on.  bumped it up  9 lets be brave
 jkhandy wrote:
9 Not everyone can be pleased all the time. I like the adage, "If you don't have anything good to say, then say nothing." 

 
I don't necessarily think that a negative comment about a song is automatically "bad" or "not nice".  All of our opinions are simply opinions. I enjoy knowing why people like or don't like a song.  It helps me to understand their point of view, which is "good".

By the way, I'm enjoying this one.  A 7 for me.


Saw the end of their set on Austin City Limits the other night.  Production sound is different on the vocals vs. live.  Much cleaner on the recording, the lead vocals were much more garbled live.  Plus the dude jumps around more then any body should while sing.  I liked what I hear here was a bit disappointed by the live set.
Everything I hear from this record sounds fantastic. I like the voice & the writing.
digging this one
The gravelly vocal style, quirky moves, and the energy and soul he pours into his performances are reminiscent of the legendary Joe Cocker.

Edit: December 23/14. I just heard that Joe Cocker died yesterday. RIP.
I love this song! Thanks Bill!
 jkhandy wrote:
9 Not everyone can be pleased all the time. I like the adage, "If you don't have anything good to say, then say nothing." 
 
How about replacing "good" with "constructive"?

Agree with your 9 though! 
I swear that's Bobcat Goldthwaite singing in the background...
9 Not everyone can be pleased all the time. I like the adage, "If you don't have anything good to say, then say nothing." 
 calypsus_1 wrote:
The greatest crime that could happen to Future Islands is that the David Letterman created three-second gif of frontman Samuel T Herring's extraordinary moves will be the height of their popularity.
 
I somehow get the feeling that you're being self-sarcastic... Seeing that you included the gif and all... This song certainly deserves better!
 DavidS_UK wrote:
Typical yawn track, easily spotted by the fact that the comments are about the politics and semantics of comments rather than the music itself...

 
I'm not so sure extraneous comments are an accurate measure of the song's popularity.  There are thousands of songs, which are well-liked here, where the comment threads are filled with political wrangling and grammatical contention.  That peripheral commentary is often unfortunate but is rarely a reflection on the merits of the particular song.  Anyhow, given the title of this number, it's subdued ("yawn track") tempo should not come as a surprise.
Caught these guys on the Later with Jools Holland show last week.  Singer was full of surprises:
1: His distinctive voice is not that of a large black man (like I pictured), but a white guy who looks like he was plucked straight out of the suburbs. 
2: He also has one hell of a stage presence with some funky dancing.   Guys has some cool cred going on for sure.

I like. Nice vocals and infectious, subtle groove.
Music is excellent, vocals... challenging.
Typical yawn track, easily spotted by the fact that the comments are about the politics and semantics of comments rather than the music itself...
I never liked this song much....but after hearing it WAY TOO OFTEN>>>>>>Now I hate it.
Thankfully there is PSD. 
 Poacher wrote:
. . . but back to the music eh?
 
Well said, common Poacher...

back to the music...  everybody in my mushrooming multitude of homeless camps loves this groovy song... 
 TerryS wrote:

And many called Poachers were also only poor men trying to feed their families while rich landowners called the 'Commons' their own and fenced them..

 
Exactly. I have tried to explain this before over the years, but I am afraid it falls on deaf ears. 

The origin of the true meaning of an English Poacher from those times is far removed from a common thief, it is all about the very survival of people who had their land and living stolen from them. 

There are huge parallels with modern times and they relate directly to those less fortunate, who, for many reasons are forced to live in homeless camps in dire straits because the same kind of people have robbed them of their land and living. 

To make fun of them in any way sucks.

. . . but back to the music eh?
 TerryS wrote:

.Whilst I am tempted to say"Dig Lazarus, dig" I shall not. I take no side, just going to point out a neat parable: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_man_and_Lazarus

And many called Poachers were also only poor men trying to feed their families while rich landowners called the 'Commons' their own and fenced them..

 Now, on to the song: I like the vocal approach, idiosyncratic but not belabored.

 
Well said...

love this song...

hope life is grand for you right this minute, TerryS... 

.Whilst I am tempted to say"Dig Lazarus, dig" I shall not. I take no side, just going to point out a neat parable: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_man_and_Lazarus

And many called Poachers were also only poor men trying to feed their families while rich landowners called the 'Commons' their own and fenced them..

 

Now, on to the song: I like the vocal approach, idiosyncratic but not belabored.

 


 Poacher wrote:

Unless you are supporting the homeless in some significant way, I think that to make a joke of living in a Homeless Camp is in very poor taste.
 
Everybody in my homeless camp finds it odd that an individual who calls himself a "poacher" — which means a "common thief" —  would pronounce himself as the lord of good taste...  calling yourself a criminal scumbag is very poor taste...

and it is very poor taste that you do not even make a song comment on this post...  everybody in my homeless camp loves this marvelous song...

hope you are having a marvelous time right this minute, common Poacher... 
 Lazarus wrote:

I live in a homeless camp right now...  everybody in my homeless camp loves this splendiferous song...  this really is a beautiful song—  both lyrically and musically...  we be dancing...

hope life is grand right now for you and everybody in your trailer park, arserocket... 

 
Unless you are supporting the homeless in some significant way, I think that to make a joke of living in a Homeless Camp is in very poor taste.





 hanssachs wrote:
Sound-wise, not very far at all from Hall & Oates' "She's Gone."  Czech it out!

 
I really don't hear that at all, at least not in the production, vocal style, melody, or overall groove, but everyone hears different things, I guess.