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The new album continues Islands' knack for adventuresome and catchy state of the art pop music. But this time, band leader Nick Thorburn has infused the songs with a deeply personal introspection which lends the work a powerful emotional resonance. "This album is far more personal than any I've made before," Thorburn explains. "It deals with loss, with memory and forgetting and with dreaming."
A Sleep & A Forgetting is the anticipated follow up to Islands' critically heralded record Vapours, and features a stripped down and beautifully understated sound which only reinforces Thorburn's confessional lyrics. "I've always hidden behind devices and humor but this album is just so much starker and open," he explains. 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 continues to both evolve or surprise.
Islands Live Dates:
Feb 14 Los Angeles - Bootleg Theatre Feb 15 Phoenix - Crescent Ballroom Feb 17 Austin - St David's Episcopal Church Feb 18 Dallas - Sons of Herman Hall Feb 20 Birmingham - Bottletree Feb 22 Washington DC - Black Cat Feb 23 TBA - Baltimore Feb 24 Philadelphia - First Unitarian Chapel - 2 shows Feb 25 Le Poisson Rouge - NYC Feb 26 Hamden, CT - The Space Feb 29 Pontiac - Magnetic Recording Mar 01 Chicago - Lincoln Hall Mar 02 Minneapolis - 7th St Entry Mar 10 Seattle - Vera Project Mar 11 Portland - Mississippi Studios Mar 13 San Francisco - Hotel Utah - 2 shows