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

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