Dust off your hoverboards, get your self-lacing shoes ready – Bastille have announced their new album, ‘Give Me The Future’.
The band’s fourth full-length, it’s set for release on 4th February 2022. The news comes alongside a new single taken from it, ‘No Bad Days’.
The track features a video co-directed by frontman Dan Smith. “It’s really satisfying to have finally directed,” he explains, “and I’m really proud of the little film we made. I grew up with film as my main obsession, so this was a bit of a dream. I learned a shitload and it was good to be challenged in a new way.”
‘Give Me To The Future’ is described as “a tribute to humanity in a tech age” that “reflects on the strangeness of living through times that can feel like science fiction”. Actually conceptualised before the pandemic, Dan reveals: “Working on these songs in such an apocalyptic period, with everyone stuck at home, glued to screens, fed into the feeling that what is real and what is not has become pretty difficult to discern sometimes,” says Dan. “We’re in the age of deep fake, fake news and lying world leaders. But online, you can be anyone. What that does to our sense of self and to our relationships is huge and it’s fascinating.”
The record features the influence hitmaker Ryan Tedder as a “sounding board” and executive producer, while legendary songwriter Rami Yacoub (Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time”, Lady Gaga’s Chromatica Album) has co-writing credits on three tracks. On top of that, award-winning actor, musician, writer, creator, producer, director and activist Riz Ahmed provides a spoken-word piece ‘Promises’. Not bad, eh?
The tracklisting for ‘Give Me The Future’ reads:
Distorted Light Beam
Thelma + Louise
No Bad Days
Brave New World (Interlude)
Back To The Future
Promises (by Riz Ahmed)
Shut Off The Lights
Give Me The Future
Total Dissociation (Interlude)
Future Holds (feat. BIM)