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Future Islands Recruit NYC Mayor’s Sign Language Interpreter for ‘Cave’ Video

Jonathan Lamberton signs along to new lyric video from Baltimore synth-pop trio

The lyric video for Future Islands‘ new single, “Cave,” features American sign language interpreter Jonathan Lamberton gesticulating singer Samuel Herring’s anguished lyrics. 

“Is this a desperate wish for dying/ Or a wish that dying cease?” sings Herring, studying his misery against William Cashion’s propulsive bass guitar. 

Lamberton’s expressiveness grounds the cerebral pop song. In the lyric video, he’s a fitting placeholder for Herring’s trademark hyper-emotive dancing. Like Herring, Lambertson became known for his flair for the melodramatic. He typically stands alongside New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, but in 2015, his amusing, mime-like signage during a televised storm briefing went viral and earned attention from Jon Stewart and the New York Times, among others. 

The Baltimore synth pop trio will play main stage sets at Coachella, Panorama and Bonnaroo music festivals in addition to tour dates across Europe and the United States. Their fifth album, The Far Field, comes out April 7th. It was recorded with Grammy Award-winning producer John Congleton at Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles. 

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