Last year Future Islands flooded welcoming turntables with five vinyl releases. This included a remix 12″, a new EP and LP with Thrill Jockey, the re-release of their debut on wax, and a new single via a 7″ on Friends Records. Dudes are back with their first new song since “The Ink Well“, and it's called “Before The Bridge”.
Destined for the A side of a 7″ out next month on Thrill Jockey, this new single proves further maturation of the Baltimore by way of North Carolina trio. Building off the emotive and dark undertones of In Evening Air, “Before The Bridge” matches a big beat with dark cries, impossibly beautiful synths, and a bass line to boot. In this case, the big beat is beefed up a bit, courtesy of live drumming by Denny Bowen of Double Dagger.
Thrilly Jockey writes that the new 7″ will be available July 19, and is limited to just 750 copies. The B side is called “Find Love” and is promised to be more of a dance floor jam. Both sides were recorded by Chester Endersby Gwazda in Baltimore and Elizabeth City. Artwork is by D'Metrius Rice, once of Teenage Souls acclaim.
Future Islands' last Baltimore show was at the 2640 Space with Celebration. With much thanks to Guy Werner and David Carter, here's some live video with great sound of the band performing “Inch of Dust”, “In The Fall”, and “Vireo's Eye” at the event in March: