Islands

A Sleep & a Forgetting

> > Feb 14 2012

Islands - A Sleep & a Forgetting
By Ian GormelyNo matter how much we want them to be, Islands are not the Unicorns. Since Nick Thorburn and Jamie Thompson struck out on their own, the group have been viewed as an extension of the famed Montreal trio, rather than a separate entity. Thorburn, in particular, spent the band's first three records simultaneously embracing and running from that expectation, but fourth time out finally finds his voice. A break-up record written on a keyboard, A Sleep & a Forgetting features some of Thorburn's most personal songwriting and it's difficult as a listener to decide where the line between band and reality lies ― is "Never Go Solo" about his lost love or his music? Islands have always had an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach to their arrangements, but here the group hold back, peppering songs with splashes of horns, handclaps and what have you only when necessary, allowing individual tracks to stand on their own instead of smearing the album with a wall of noise. Their brand of quirky indie pop runs throughout, but the slower numbers are as effective as the upbeat tunes. There's a streak of R&B and even soul buried in these songs ― "This is Not a Song" could easily find new life as a torch song to a leaving lover. The press release explains that Thorburn started writing A Sleep last Valentine's Day and is releasing it this Valentine's Day to bookend the process. Gimmicky? Yes, but given the subject matter, not altogether inappropriate.
(Anti)
GET IT!
Pop & Rock RSS
Mailing List
SHARE IT!
Google+
Google Bookmarks
StumbleUpon
Reddit
Tumblr
I never wanted Islands to be Unicorns. Never gave a shit about Unicorns, but Islands have been interesting in the past.
Start Conversation
Login
Keep me logged in
Prove You Are Not a Robot
To remove this step go back and login.

Picks

Most Popular Stories

  1. Calgary Folk Music Festival Announces 2014 LineupNEWS: Calgary Folk Music Festival Announces 2014 Lineup
  2. Vancouver Punk Bands Recover Gear After Practice Space RobberyNEWS: Vancouver Punk Bands Recover Gear After Practice Space Robbery
  3. Record Store Day Fallout 2014: How Much Those Exclusives Are Now Fetching on eBayNEWS: Record Store Day Fallout 2014: How Much Those Exclusives Are Now Fetching on eBay

Latest Issue: May 14 Issue