01 King of Sweden 02 The Tower 03 Deep In the Night 04 Say Goodbye 05 Give Me the Ghost Back 06 Corner of My Eye 07 The Thief 08 Iris 09 The Fight 10 Peach 11 The Sickness 12 The Garden Wheel
The last time the world heard from Future Islands was in 2020. As Long As You Are was an album that suggested things had rectified themselves after a turbulent period in the band’s history. In 2014, 11 years into their career, they had been catapulted from a well-reviewed but small scale cult concern – "a journeyman band", as frontman Samuel T Herring put it – to viral superstardom virtually overnight thanks to their first television appearance, performing Seasons (Waiting on You) live on The Late Show With David Letterman. Suddenly they could sell out multiple nights at the Brixton Academy and lure Debbie Harry into the studio to record a duet, and could only play the venues they had once called home under a pseudonym. Perhaps inevitably, it brought problems. They more-or-less disowned their 2017 album The Far Field, a "condescending" attempt at "playing the game" that bassist William Cashion called "fucking embarrassing". But As Long As You Are was an album that sounded contented: there were a lot of songs about the redemptive power of love and the joys of frontman Samuel T Herring’s burgeoning relationship. One was named Glada, which is what red kites are called in Sweden, where Herring was spending most of his time with his partner, Julia Ragnarsson, star of the amazingly titled Swedish drama series Fartblinda.