Leon Bridges has been on a crusade to bring R&B back to its roots, one new song at a time. This is especially true of his latest single, “Beyond,” released Friday, just weeks before the May 4 debut of Good Thing.
The lovers’ ode follows the same traditional R&B approach with a modern twist, just like Bridges’ previous singles, floor-stomper “Bad Bad News” and the soulful “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand.” With “Beyond,” the production gives a neo-soul vibe with acoustic guitars and throwback percussion while adding in the modern touch of a bass-heavy beat. Bridges’ soulful vocals feel at home on the production as he glides over the track, hitting every peak and valley with his layered background vocals.
With such a heartwarming production, the “Beyond” lyrics seem to signal Bridges’ hesitance to say his significant other is “the one,” despite all signs pointing in that direction. “Oh me, oh my, I can’t explain / She might just be my everything … So do you think I’m being foolish if I don’t rush in?” Bridges croons in the bridge before heading into the final chorus: “I … I’m scared to death that she might be it / That the love is real / That the shoe might fit / She might just be my everything and beyond / Space and time in the afterlife / Will she have my kids / Will she be my wife / She might just be my everything and beyond.”
Good Thing was executive produced by Bridges, his longtime collaborators Niles City Sound and hit producer Ricky Reed (Mary Lambert, Bomba Estereo), with the goal of taking Bridges’ traditional sound of Coming Home in a more modern R&B direction. The album is available for preorder here.
Along with the preorder and new single, Bridges has announced he will be touring North America this summer, starting June 9 in Irving, Texas at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. He will be supported by Jon Batiste and Stay Human, singer-songwriter Masego and Texas trio Khruangbin. The tour will begin after he finishes his run with Harry Styles. Tickets are available here.
The more songs Bridges releases, the bigger the anticipation for his new album becomes, but so far, everything has been great. Listen to “Beyond” along with checking out his upcoming tour dates below.
Leon Bridges Good Thing North American Tour Dates:
09 – Irving, Texas @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
09 – Morrison, Colo. @ Red Rock Amphitheatre
27 – Raleigh, N.C. @ Red Hat Amphitheater
28 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre
29 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Ascend Amphitheater
31 – New Braunfels, Texas @ Whitewater Amphitheatre
01-02 – Austin, Texas @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
04 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Comerica Theatre
05 – San Diego, Calif. @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
07 – Berkeley, Calif. @ Greek Theatre
08 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ The Pearl Concert Theater
11 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Greek Theatre
12 – Santa Barbara, Calif. @ Santa Barbara Bowl
14 – Seattle, Wash. @ WaMu Theater
15 – Troutdale, Ore. @ Edgefield
16 – British Columbia, Canada @ PNE Amphitheater
18 – Missoula, Mont. @ Big Sky Brewing Company
20 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Palace Theatre
23 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ BMO Harris Pavilion
24 – Chicago, Ill. @ Aragon Ballroom
25 – Detroit, Mich. @ Fox Theatre
27 – Toronto, Ontario @ RBC Echo Beach
28 – Montreal, Quebec @ Place des Arts
30 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Fillmore
03 – Washington, D.C. @ The Anthem
04 – Boston, Mass. @ Agganis Arena
5-6 – New York, N.Y. @ Radio City Music Hall