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

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