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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 the 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 the core line-up of Thorburn and Laurent, who were joined by brothers Evan and Geordie Gordon of the Guelph, Ontario band the Magic. ~ Kenyon Hopkin
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  1.   Song
  2.   Hallways
  3.   Creeper
  4.   Vertigo (If It's a Crime)
  5.   Sad Middle
  6.   Swans (Life After Death)
  7.   Wave Forms
  8.   Vapours
  9.   Switched On
  10.   Shining
  11.   Eol
  12.   I Feel Evil Creeping In
  13.   To a Bond
  14.   Kids Don't Know Shit
  15.   Don't Call Me Whitney Bobby
  16.   Life in Jail
  17.   Tender Torture
  18.   If
  19.   Lonely Love
  20.   Rough Gem
  21.   In a Dream It Seemed Real
  22.   Devout
  23.   Never Go Solo
  24.   This Is Not a Song
  25.   Pieces of You
  26.   Cold Again
  27.   Heartbeat
  28.   Disarming the Car Bomb
  29.   Where There's A Will A Whalebone
  30.   Can't Feel My Face
  31.   Everything Is Under Control
  32.   The Drums
  33.   Grey Funnel Line
  34.   J'Aime Vous Voire Quitter
  35.   Don't I Love You?
  36.   No Crying
  37.   Jogging Gorgeous Summer
  38.   Swallows
  39.   Becoming the Gunship
  40.   Oh Maria
  41.   Of Corpse
  42.   Hushed Tones
  43.   We Swim
  44.   The Arm
  45.   Shotgun Vision
  46.   In the Rushes
  47.   Ones
  48.   Humans
  49.   J'aime Vous Voir Quitter
  50.   On Foreigner
  51.   Winged Beat Drums
  52.   Same Thing
  53.   Death Drive
  54.   Volcanoes
  55.   Cyanide Breath
  56.   We'll Do It So You Don't Have To
  57.   Abominable Snow
  58.   Nil
  59.   No You Don't
  60.   Here Here
  61.   Tsuxiit
  62.   Comes To Light
  63.   [Untitled Track]
  64.   Joy
  65.   Big Bluff
  66.   2 Dogs

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