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

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