Veteran English alt-rockers Bastille divulged further on the future sound of the band with the release of their second single of the year, “Thelma + Louise” on Wednesday. The track comes on the heels of the well received, Ryan Tedder co-produced “Distorted Light Beam” which dropped to kick off the summer, and just a week after the announcement by lead singer Dan Smith that the band’s fourth studio album had been completed and production had begun of CDs and vinyl.
Opening on a vocal adlib and a bouncing beat, Smith sings of “skipping town to Mexico” and the ebbs and flows of life. The high BPM track also features a high speed heart rate sound with a dash of twangy guitar to finish the fast paced journey. “Days like these you wanna get away / Close our eyes pretend we’re miles away / Hear the sound of my heart exploding,” he sings of embracing moments before they pass you by.
New. Stuff. Tomorrow. Get. Excited. I. Fucking. Love. This. One.
— Dan Smith (@bastilledan) August 18, 2021
In regard to the forthcoming album, the band wrote in a press release “Escapism is a theme that’s explored in depth on the new record, especially in connection with technology—in this case under the watchful gaze of Future Inc., a data-hungry, fake big tech enterprise from the future (that may or may not bear some resemblance to big tech enterprises in the present). The company’s innovative “Futurescape” technology (as seen in the video for “Distorted Light Beam”) is offering infinite possibilities of a new kind—the chance to journey in to your own innerverse.”
While the album’s release date is yet to be announced, the group seems pretty comfortable with a three-year album cycle, as has been the case with their previous three albums, with the most recent installment coming in the form of 2019’s Doom Days.