Captioning the music of Baltimore trio Future Islands is a tad challenging. The easy way out is titling what the threesome of Samuel T. Herring on vocals, William Cashion on bass and guitars, and Gerrit Welmers on keyboards and programming do as synth pop. That’s an uncomplicated catchall term. Get long-winded, and the music of Future Islands is new wave synth-pulsating, dance-rock banging, post-punk revival with both deep-throated vocal growls and polite, pop radio-ready singing.
The wooing of religious moviegoers — a delicate operation, as the Noah backlash attests — has been ramping up lately, with major players like Ridley Scott and Ben Kingsley mining the Bible for box office gold. But if there’s such a thing as a safe bet in this genre, it’s Heaven Is for Real, a Christian sermon that even the most doctrinaire believer can applaud.