Video Proof That Future Islands' Singer Is Good at Rapping

As Hemlock Ernst, the Baltimore group's boss is, well, a bawse

Dan Reilly WRITTEN BY
Dan Reilly

Future Islands have been on a tear as of late. They were one of the breakout acts at SXSW (see SPIN's Stubb's party), wowed Letterman viewers with incredible dance moves, and their new album Singles is due out via 4AD on March 25. We also learned in our new profile of the Baltimore synth-pop group that frontman Sam Herring is a true hip-hop head who composes his songs by freestyle rhyming over the band's musical ideas. But Herring's rap skills don't end there — a few months back, he recorded a VHS video for lo-fi rap project Time Spent under his Hemlock Ernst moniker, and the results are damn impressive. Taped to, um, tape, the clip shows Herring casually walking into a room, sitting on a bed, and rhyming his life's story with ease. Though we're already psyched about Singles, we'd love to see more of Herring's hip-hop.

Actually, here's some:

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