Singles is difficult to place in the back catalogue of Future Islands. It feels less immediately eye-opening than On The Water and In Evening Air – with a few exceptions – though it also seems more complete than both of those. Each album has become more refined than its predecessor and the progression continues here. There is a bit more polish, too. This is not a record which thrives so much on the theatrical – that will always be there in some form – but is more subtle with mood changes. The rawness of earlier releases is no longer overflowing but is now concentrated within Herring, the enduring focal point. The various strands and styles may be more diverse but the work as a whole does not suffer for this.