Islands perform in The Current studio

Islands perform "Hallways" live live in the studios of 89.3 The Current. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
Islands perform in studio at 89.3 The Current
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The demise of popular indie band The Unicorns at the beginning of the aughts left many fans feeling a void. Prolific pioneers of lo-fi indie pop, frontman Nick Thorburn would of course not be gone for long. In 2006, the music world was rocked by the critically acclaimed debut album by Islands, Return To The Sea, an experimental, long-form record that would go on to inspire countless musicians, especially in the Canadian music scene.

It's hard to believe that the release is approaching its sixth anniversary, and that commemoration is marked in the release of the band's fourth affair, A Sleep & A Forgetting, further proving that there are no bounds to sonic exploration. According to an interview with The Arts Section, Thorburn explains that his work with Man Man's Honus on this release is all about "a new (sub)genre [they] are developing, called Doom Wop, which is essentially low frequency, and extremely slowed down music atop traditional doo wop harmonies. Or something."

Songs performed: "Cold Again," "This Is Not A Song" and "Hallways"

3 Photos

  • Geordie Gordon
    Geordie Gordon of Islands (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Evan Gordon
    Evan Gordon of Islands (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Nicholas Thorburn
    Nicholas Thorburn of Islands (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)