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

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