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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.   Hallways
  3.   Creeper
  4.   No You Don't
  5.   Rough Gem
  6.   Cyanide Breath
  7.   Right to Be Misbegotten
  8.   Sun Conure
  9.   This Is Not a Song
  10.   Here Here
  11.   It's Heaven
  12.   J'Aime Vous Voire Quitter
  13.   Hawaii
  14.   We'll Do It So You Don't Have To
  15.   The Joke
  16.   Swans (Life After Death)
  17.   Vertigo (If It's a Crime)
  18.   Hushed Tones
  19.   At Sea
  20.   Humans
  21.   Back Into It
  22.   Whisper
  23.   The Weekend
  24.   Snowflake
  25.   Carried Away
  26.   Sad Middle
  27.   Nil
  28.   Wave Forms
  29.   In a Dream It Seemed Real
  30.   Switched On
  31.   Shining
  32.   On Foreigner
  33.   Everything Is Under Control
  34.   Disarming the Car Bomb
  35.   I Feel Evil Creeping In
  36.   We Swim
  37.   In the Rushes
  38.   Kids Don't Know Shit
  39.   Pieces of You
  40.   If
  41.   Jogging Gorgeous Summer
  42.   Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby
  43.   Tsuxiit
  44.   Cold Again
  45.   Outspoken Dirtbiker
  46.   Death Drive
  47.   Abominable Snow
  48.   Joy
  49.   Of Corpse
  50.   Never Go Solo
  51.   Same Thing
  52.   Don't I Love You?
  53.   Christmas Tree
  54.   J'aime Vous Voir Quitter
  55.   Fiction
  56.   Lonely Love
  57.   Fear
  58.   Life in Jail
  59.   Stop Me Now
  60.   Volcanoes
  61.   The Drums
  62.   Eol
  63.   Vapours
  64.   Devout
  65.   Cool Intentions
  66.   Shotgun Vision
  67.   Heartbeat
  68.   No Milk, No Sugar
  69.   Becoming the Gunship
  70.   No Crying
  71.   Swallows
  72.   The Arm
  73.   Pumpkin
  74.   Innocent Man
  75.   Where There's A Will A Whalebone
  76.   Grey Funnel Line
  77.   To a Bond
  78.   Can't Feel My Face
  79.   [Untitled Track]
  80.   Oh Maria
  81.   Tender Torture
  82.   Umbrellas
  83.   Charm Offensive
  84.   Winged Beat Drums
  85.   Comes To Light
  86.   Ones

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