Amidst their recent touring of the South, The Bright Light Social Hour came face-to-face with true disenchantment, everyday people struggling with the region’s institutionalized racism, sexism, and classism. It inspired the band to take action and form their own “Future South” movement, a mixture of Southern sounds that carries the message that “you can love barbecue and not be racist.” These ideas serve as the basis of Bright Light’s sophomore album Space Is Still The Place, due out March 10th via Frenchkiss Records.
The album’s new single, “Slipstream”, is a lush, space-western odyssey. Rolling in with a plodding bass line and restrained drumming, the track builds slowly before a hypnotic guitar riff oozes into the mix. Frontman Curtis Roush’s vocals feel like a lost transmission floating about the cosmos, reflecting on the quaint romanticism of a “golden age.” Check out the song below via its accompanying visualizer.
Pre-orders for the album are ongoing.