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

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