Published Jul 24, 2009Evolving from one album (or possibly even one moment) to the next, Islands just released "No You Don't," which substantiates rumours about leader Nick Thorburn spearheading a more electronic sound for his latest songs. After the pomp and rock opera bombast of Arm's Way, it's no wonder why Thorburn might desire a more streamlined soundtrack for his biting wordplay, a direction that wasn't necessarily the best fit for the full, multi-man Islands line-up.
Enter former Unicorn/Islands crony/electro-rock aficionado Jamie Thompson and Evan and Geordie Gordon of the Magic, all of whom worked with Thorburn to conjure the vaguely hip-hop feel of "No You Don't," in which Thorburn busts sharp lines in a direct, almost spoken word cadence. With crisp beats and Moogs propelling it forward, "No You Don't" is an unusual bit of indie-pop and a fulfilling appetizer for Islands' Vapours, which streets on September 22.
Listen to "No You Don't" by Islands below: