Friday, June 24, 2011

Jam of the Day | Future Islands - Before the Bridge

Photo by Aggie Donkar/Brand New Kind of Photography

There were two possible directions we could have gone with this post, and not being totally sure which is best, we’re including them both.

A) Like an aged bottle of Ch√Ęteau Lafite Rothschild, Future Islands is one of those bands that gets more complex as you allow yourself to experience the intricate notes that integrate to form a product that rises above the sum of its parts. The music, while wonderful, does not truly open up until their live show is consumed…

B) If a band is like an onion, the layman would choose to compare its similarities to layers, and how the layers combine, overlapping to create something complex and enjoyable. That’s lame. Future Islands is like an onion because once you’re done experiencing their live show, your eyes are all watery, and no one wants to stand next to you for a few hours. The music, while wonderful, does not truly open up until their live show is consumed…

Either way, you get the gist. Future Islands makes awesome music, and the band's new single, “Before the Bridge,” certainly does not break the trend. But like the five senses, the music doesn’t achieve its intended level of experience until sound is combined with the other four. And in the case of a Future Islands show, you leave completely worn out from dancing around, smelly, and with the taste of beer and sweat resonating in your mouth.

Looking back, there were actually three comparisons in that post. Whatever. Download the song below, and pick it up from Thrill Jockey here.

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