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

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