The 7" format exists for tight concept records like "Before the Bridge," the first release of 2011 from Baltimore-based trio Future Islands. Here F.I. serves up two addictive new tunes exploring the flip sides of love - from the hopeful first encounter to the painful final parting - each threatening to take control of your turntable once the needle hits the wax.
Impassioned A-side "Before the Bridge" finds the band returning to their North Carolina roots, recorded in Elizabeth City with close collaborator Chester Endersby Gwazda (producer of the band's most recent LP, 2010'sIn Evening Air, and Dan Deacon's Bromst). Exclusive B-side "Find Love," recorded in Baltimore with Gwazda, is an ecstatic, dancefloor-ready jam brimming with song-of-the-summer potential. Both tracks feature live drums and additional percussion by Denny Bowen (Double Dagger).