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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.   Disarming the Car Bomb
  5.   In a Dream It Seemed Real
  6.   Humans
  7.   Of Corpse
  8.   Hushed Tones
  9.   Sad Middle
  10.   Nil
  11.   Becoming the Gunship
  12.   Death Drive
  13.   Grey Funnel Line
  14.   Comes To Light
  15.   Swallows
  16.   Don't I Love You?
  17.   Never Go Solo
  18.   Cyanide Breath
  19.   Tender Torture
  20.   On Foreigner
  21.   Everything Is Under Control
  22.   Devout
  23.   We Swim
  24.   In the Rushes
  25.   Life in Jail
  26.   Abominable Snow
  27.   Joy
  28.   Ones
  29.   Tsuxiit
  30.   Rough Gem
  31.   Don't Call Me Whitney Bobby
  32.   I Feel Evil Creeping In
  33.   Vapours
  34.   [Untitled Track]
  35.   Wave Forms
  36.   To a Bond
  37.   J'aime Vous Voir Quitter
  38.   Lonely Love
  39.   This Is Not a Song
  40.   Switched On
  41.   Heartbeat
  42.   No Crying
  43.   Where There's A Will A Whalebone
  44.   Oh Maria
  45.   Shining
  46.   Volcanoes
  47.   We'll Do It So You Don't Have To
  48.   Can't Feel My Face
  49.   J'Aime Vous Voire Quitter
  50.   Kids Don't Know Shit
  51.   Jogging Gorgeous Summer
  52.   Swans (Life After Death)
  53.   Back Into It
  54.   If
  55.   Charm Offensive
  56.   Same Thing
  57.   Here Here
  58.   Pieces of You
  59.   Shotgun Vision
  60.   The Arm
  61.   The Drums
  62.   Winged Beat Drums
  63.   Vertigo (If It's a Crime)
  64.   Cold Again
  65.   No You Don't
  66.   Eol
  67.   Big Bluff
  68.   2 Dogs
  69.   Pumpkin
  70.   It's Heaven
  71.   Carried Away
  72.   No Milk, No Sugar
  73.   Outspoken Dirtbiker
  74.   Snowflake
  75.   Cool Intentions
  76.   The Joke
  77.   Umbrellas
  78.   The Weekend
  79.   Whisper
  80.   Fear
  81.   Fiction
  82.   Stop Me Now
  83.   Innocent Man
  84.   Christmas Tree
  85.   Sun Conure
  86.   Right to Be Misbegotten
  87.   Hawaii
  88.   At Sea

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