Future Islands

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Andy Mulkerin!

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Andy:

Future Islands. "Seasons (Waiting on You)" - If you haven't already seen the video of Future Islands performing this song on Letterman a couple weeks ago, go ahead and do that now:

Now then. One of the things about this video and its viral success is that folks -- including Letterman -- are taken aback by Sam Herring's dance moves, his frantic energy, his chest-pounding and pointing and all that. Here's the thing: That's what he does. For every song. Anytime he performs live. What's more, he writes pointed, poetic lyrics (he is, as it turns out, a fan of the late Pittsburgh poet Jack Gilbert), and delivers them sincerely.

Pattern is Movement, "The River" - I'd been waiting five years for a new album from this Philadelphia duo. Weird time-signature stuff, chamber-pop leanings and great vocals color this new self-titled release, much like their previous album; think Dirty Projectors, but a little more minimalist.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Andy Mulkerin of Pittsburgh's City Paper

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Andy (plus a  bonus song):

Future Islands, "Before the Bridge" - Future Islands is a formerly Baltimore-based, currently Brooklyn-based synthpop band led by the enigmatic and growly Samuel T. Herring. Their last full-length grew to be a favorite of mine; this single was released earlier in the summer in advance of their next full-length, On the Water, which is due in October.

Nikki Lane, "Gone, Gone Gone" - This is the title track from Nikki Lane's EP from earlier this year. She's a young singer-songwriter with a very classic take on country music; it's a little bit affected, but then, so is Dolly Parton, eh? She's got a full-length in the works; I'm interested in seeing how it comes together.

The War on Drugs, "I Was There" -This Philly-based band (which originally included Kurt Vile) is getting a lot of buzz for their ethereal new album, Slave Ambient. Is it wrong that I think Adam Granduciel sounds a little like Bryan Adams? Like, if Bryan Adams were the least bit cool?

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