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Islands with Peel Dream Magazine
September 15, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
🏝️SEPTEMBER 15 🏝️ISLANDS
At the Helm Presents…
If Islands’ last record, (2021’s Islomania) was a Saturday Night Fever dream, then the follow up–2023’s And That’s Why Dolphins Lost Their Legs–is the Sunday Morning comedown.
Taking a giant leap forward, replete with addictive hooks at every turn, Dolphins (the 9th in the catalogue), stands out as the strongest and most articulate Islands record yet. Nick Thorburn and band manage to slyly tap into both the pain and the joy of living, often simultaneously, while stripping the music down to its simplest element: a strange sample rubbing up against a bouncing bassline, a snappy kick and snare firing off against a persistent, hooky guitar line.
Though refined and deliberate, the music has a certain playfulness that Thorburn hasn’t tapped into in quite some time. The record is a notable departure from previous outings, but the DNA of Thorburn’s early work, namely his first band The Unicorns, can be heard clearly throughout songs like “Headlines”, “Life’s A Joke” and “And All You Can Do is Laugh”.
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