One Track Mind: Future Islands, “Seasons (Waiting On You)” from Singles (2014)

By all rights, this should not be my kind of thing. A synth-pop band fronted by a singer who’s bubbling over with earnestness? Sometimes, the “rules” just do not apply.

I’d actually never heard of Future Islands until seeing a mention of how they’d gone viral via an appearance on Letterman. More accurately, what went viral was a GIF file of singer Samuel Herring doing a move that maybe should be seen instead of described.

They played “Seasons (Waiting On You)” and I was just mesmerized. Herr, who reminds the ear of the Fine Young Cannibals’ Roland Gift, is either a great onstage actor or has cornered the market on sincerity. Either way, with that level of intensity, he just owned that song.

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he writes several weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.