Baltimore trio Future Islands just has it together. The stream of 2010 releases lacks a weak link, including the masterpiece, full-length In Evening Air. Now the group has released its first new track since November, when it dropped “The Ink Well” on a Friends Records split with Lonnie Walker.
“Before The Bridge” is in the same vein of the past Future Islands releases, with atmospheric synths and a bass line that drives the song forward. When I heard them perform this song back in March at Red Palace in D.C., I instantly took to the synth line that really gives the song an incredibly dance-y feel. While most Future Islands songs are dance songs, this one ups the ante, something that I am extremely pleased with. Although it needs almost no elaboration at this point, Sam Herring’s vocals are spot-on as usual.
Friends Records’ Brett Yale, who posted the track on Impose, writes that Double Dagger’s Denny Bowen plays live drums on “Before The Bridge,” amping up the rhythm section even more behind William Cashion’s bass. The “Before The Bridge” 7″ is due out July 19 on Thrill Jockey (limited to 750 copies) and the B-side will be called “Find Love,” and “is promised to be more of a dancefloor jam.”
Download “Before The Bridge” here.
Watch video of Future Islands’ last Baltimore performance at the 2640 Space here: