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

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