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After the breakup of experimental lo-fi indie rock band the Unicorns, members Nicholas Thorburn (aka Nick Diamonds; vocals, guitar, keyboard) and Jamie Thompson (aka J'aime Tambeur; drums) formed Islands, which found the two more focused on brighter production and neo-psychedelic indie pop. Since forming in early 2005, the Canadian band has also featured a fluctuating lineup of contributors on a wide variety of instruments, both in concert and on record. That list includes Alex and Sebastian Chow (the 1993 and 1994 World Super NES Fest champions), Jim Guthrie (grandson of Woody and nephew of Arlo), and rappers Subtitle and Busdriver. Islands released their debut album, Return to the Sea, in April 2006, supporting its international release with a tour alongside Metric. That May, however, founding member Tambeur announced his departure from the band, a move that required the group to quickly revise its lineup in time for a European tour. Two years later, Islands inked a new contract with ANTI- Records and issued a second album, Arm's Way, which differentiated itself from the previous record by eschewing all guest appearances. The band did end up opening its doors to one particular guest, however, as Tambeur rejoined Islands just in time to appear on their third release, Vapours. His return would be short-lived, however, as the group would announce Tambeur's departure again in 2010, with drummer Aaron Harris, a bandmember between 2006 and 2009, arriving back in the lineup to take his place. In a seemingly endless game of revolving drummers, he was soon replaced by Luc Laurent of the band Pepper Rabbit. The band's next album, A Sleep & a Forgetting, appeared early in 2012. The record was inspired by the dissolution of Thorburn's marriage and featured the most sincere and direct music of the band's career to date. The group's next album, 2013's Ski Mask, featured another new drummer, Adam Halferty, who was joined by two other new additions: brothers Evan and Geordie Gordon of the Guelph, Ontario band the Magic. Three years later in 2016, Islands unveiled their ambitious next project: a pair of distinct crowdfunded albums. Taste showcased the group's electronic, dance-oriented tendencies, while the traditional rock of Should I Remain Here at Sea? was a spiritual sequel to their debut, Return to the Sea. ~ Kenyon Hopkin
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  1.   Song
  2.   Creeper
  3.   Hallways
  4.   Rough Gem
  5.   No You Don't
  6.   [Untitled Track]
  7.   Sun Conure
  8.   In a Dream It Seemed Real
  9.   Kids Don't Know Shit
  10.   Don't I Love You?
  11.   Winged Beat Drums
  12.   Wave Forms
  13.   Shining
  14.   Umbrellas
  15.   Heartbeat
  16.   Right to Be Misbegotten
  17.   Eol
  18.   Back Into It
  19.   Cool Intentions
  20.   Outspoken Dirtbiker
  21.   Of Corpse
  22.   Sad Middle
  23.   Becoming the Gunship
  24.   Same Thing
  25.   No Crying
  26.   This Is Not a Song
  27.   Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby
  28.   We Swim
  29.   Cold Again
  30.   Abominable Snow
  31.   Nil
  32.   Lonely Love
  33.   Switched On
  34.   Vapours
  35.   Fear
  36.   It's Heaven
  37.   Vertigo (If It's a Crime)
  38.   Never Go Solo
  39.   At Sea
  40.   The Drums
  41.   Snowflake
  42.   Everything Is Under Control
  43.   No Milk, No Sugar
  44.   Tender Torture
  45.   J'aime Vous Voir Quitter
  46.   In the Rushes
  47.   Jogging Gorgeous Summer
  48.   On Foreigner
  49.   I Feel Evil Creeping In
  50.   Pieces of You
  51.   Joy
  52.   The Arm
  53.   Stop Me Now
  54.   To a Bond
  55.   Pumpkin
  56.   Where There's A Will A Whalebone
  57.   Charm Offensive
  58.   Death Drive
  59.   J'Aime Vous Voire Quitter
  60.   Ones
  61.   Whisper
  62.   Hushed Tones
  63.   Swallows
  64.   Carried Away
  65.   We'll Do It So You Don't Have To
  66.   Tsuxiit
  67.   Comes To Light
  68.   Cyanide Breath
  69.   Christmas Tree
  70.   Life in Jail
  71.   Fiction
  72.   Shotgun Vision
  73.   Devout
  74.   Oh Maria
  75.   Here Here
  76.   Volcanoes
  77.   Can't Feel My Face
  78.   Grey Funnel Line
  79.   Innocent Man
  80.   If
  81.   The Joke
  82.   Humans
  83.   Disarming the Car Bomb
  84.   Hawaii
  85.   Swans (Life After Death)
  86.   The Weekend

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