Future Islands performed their single “Ran” on last night’s episode of the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon—watch above. “Ran” is the recently released electrifying single off of their forthcoming album The Far Field, which is set to debut April 7 via 4AD and is currently available for preorder.
If you’ve seen Future Islands live before, you know what to expect. If you haven’t, it can be shocking. Lead singer Samuel T. Herring gives a compelling and passionate performance with full commitment. He dances wildly, kicking and punching the air with abandon and bending his knees almost to the ground before bounding back up again. At times he seems close to tears, and at other times, close to self-harm as he slaps himself in the face and pulls violently at his own collar. The emotional intensity of Future Islands is evident from their music alone, and when paired with a stunning live show, it can be hard to look away. It’s both uncomfortable and irresistible.
Check out The Far Field tracklist, album art and the band’s upcoming tour dates here, and listen below to Paste Cloud audio of Future Islands’ 2011 Daytrotter session.