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

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