Future Islands - Undressed EP
Up-and-coming new wave prospects Future Islands follow up their In Evening Air album with this collection of acoustic numbers recorded for a radio session in their native Baltimore, two of which are plucked from that well-received long-player. The stripped-back approach is markedly different to their usual synth-heavy studio sound but they acquit themselves well: ‘Long Flight’ gains a flighty air of delicacy in comparison to the more urgent version found on the album and 'An Apology' cuts out the thick production of the original with the simple melody shining through, neatly offset by a string accompaniment. One aspect of the band's sound that loses none of its power sans plugs is frontman Sam Herring’s distinctive plummy vocals, which are especially pronounced on a deliciously intimate version of older cut ‘Little Dreamer’, drenching the track in rich emotion. A short but sweet affair, Undressed is an enjoyable gap-filler before the release of the band's eagerly awaited next long-player.