On the Water - THRILL JOCKEY
FILTER Grade: 84%
By Krystle Uy on October 19, 2011
For the Baltimore-based trio Future Islands, On the Water seems the perfect album title. Recordings of ocean waves crashing along the surf are both subtle and apparent, adding to an aquatically aural experience as vocalist Samuel T. Herring muses nostalgically about love and loss. Harmonic melodies and addictive hooks are indulgent of ’80s Romantic textures. While On the Water may be a slow burn, the album grows only richer upon second and third listens.