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A Sleep & A Forgetting is the highly anticipated follow up to Islands' critically lauded album Vapours. While the record continues the band's affinity for creating adventuresome and infectious state of the art pop music, this time band leader Thorburn has infused the songs with a personal introspection that gives the record a new and powerful emotional resonance.
"This album is far more personal than any I've made before," Thorburn explains. "I left New York and came to Los Angeles and there was this piano where I was staying. And that's where I wrote these songs. The record deals with loss, with memory and forgetting and with dreaming."
Far from being self pitying, A Sleep & A Forgetting powerfully transforms personal unrest into affecting and soulful pop music. "It's kind of frightening," Thorburn reflects.
"I've always hidden behind devices and humor but this album is just so much starker and open." And it's a risk that absolutely pays off. The new record features some of the most startling and memorable songs from a supremely talented band which has continued to both evolve or surprise.