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

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