Today, Future Islands release a stunning new video for ‘Glada’, from their 2020 album As Long As You Are. ‘Glada’ was directed by actress and frontman Sam Herring’s partner, Julia Ragnarsson making her directorial debut, and edited by the renowned Ponyhans. The video captures a surreal and stunning portrait of the Swedish countryside and follows a lasting love between characters as the changing seasons come to pass.
Sam Herring (Future Islands) says of the video,
“The main treatment for the video was a portrait of the Swedish countryside with Julia’s parents as the protagonists. They filmed in the spring, summer, and most recently in the early fall of last year. For me, most importantly, it captures the place that this song is about, which is all I wanted to share in the first place.”
Julia Ragnarsson (Director) says,
“’Glada’ is a song that was written about the exact place that I’m now quarantined, with my parents. A song about a past grown over, the coming of a budding spring, and the birds that regularly circle our house and the fields and forests surrounding. We wanted to capture the beauty of nature here, pulling from the images which Sam describes in the song. The ups and downs of a long term relationship. And how you sometimes have to stop and think about how lucky you are, especially in the midst of this seeming breakdown. I was stuck in the most beautiful place I know, unable to fully appreciate it because Sam wasn’t there. Making this video helped me to connect with him, but also got me to look outside and appreciate all that was around me.
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As Long As You Are looks to the past as well as the future, confronting old ghosts and embracing a new hope. It is an album about trust, full of honesty, redemption and “letting go”, allowing old wounds to heal and bringing painful chapters to a close. The album features the singles ‘Born In A War’, ‘Moonlight’, ‘Thrill’ and ‘For Sure’.
Signalling a new era for Future Islands, touring drummer Mike Lowry officially joins as a fully-fledged member and songwriter bolstering the founding trio of William Cashion, Samuel T. Herring and Gerrit Welmers. Together, the four-piece took on official production duties for the first time, co-producing As Long As You Are with engineer Steve Wright at his Wrightway Studios in Baltimore. Given time to allow the songs to slowly come to life, these 11 new songs of post wave synth-pop are as euphoric and uninhibitedly joyful as anything the band has done in their 14-year career.