Last week's THE BLUE SEEDS hailed from Montreal; so do this week's ISLANDS. Beyond geography, however, the two groups would seem to have little in common.
Islands play a quirky brand of indie-pop that never wants to sit still. Maybe they just suffer from ADD, or maybe they're actively experiencing seizures while laying down their tracks. Whatever the case, the results can be exhilarating and/or exhausting -- sometimes simultaneously.
Their second album, ARM'S WAY, hit the bricks-and-mortar shops on May 20. "In the Rushes" is one of their typical, schizophrenic manifestos, while "Creeper" is their catchiest effort to date -- complete w/dance-y backbeat, snake-charmer guitar, and a cute-'n'-clever synthesizer breakdown that puts it over the top (in all the right ways). If ADD is to blame for this, hold the Ritalin.
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From the LP ARM'S WAY, 2008 >>>
[MP3] "In the Rushes"
From the LP RETURN TO THE SEA, 2006 >>>
[MP3] [VID] "Rough Gem"