Islands Release "No Milk, No Sugar" Official Video
Two New Albums Taste and Should I Remain Here At Sea? Due May 13
East and West Coast Tour Dates with Lushlife & Honus Honus Announced
Islands will return this spring with not one, but two new albums on May 13. The forthcoming albums, Taste and Should I Remain Here At Sea? will be released on vinyl, digitally and limited edition cassette via Manqué Music. Today the band is sharing the official music video for "No Milk, No Sugar" from Taste. The video was directed by Islands' Nick Thorburn. Thorburn says, "This is the first music video I directed since 2006's "Rough Gem." He adds, "After directing my first short film last year ('That Dog'), I decided it was time to get back in the saddle with "No Milk No Sugar." We had some amazing friends come by, including my Mister Heavenly bandmate Ryan Kattner (AKA Honus Honus), Jon Daly, Brent Weinbach and Brent Weinbach's tongue, and of course, the incredibly gifted John Early and Kate Berlant, who will be Tom Cruise-levels famous by this time next year. The song deals with a kind of ordinary, domiciliary malaise, the idea that you'd get so fucked up you wouldn't know you hadn't left the house ("we got so thrown/we felt lost at home"), so it seemed appropriate to set the video in a kitchen." Islands has also released a Behind The Scenes video for "No Milk, No Sugar." The video was filmed by Jason Tippet and produced by Patrick Janssen, documents the making of the video and features interviews with the cast and crew.
Islands' upcoming releases are two distinct, entirely unique records, each one a wholly individual offering. Both releases are available to pre-order now via BandCamp and iTunes and via the band's Pledge Music page. Fans that pre-order both albums via Pledge Music via the discounted album bundle will also receive an exclusive bonus mini EP. Additionally, the Pledge Music store will have items not available anywhere else – signed vinyl test pressings, signed comics, custom drawings from Nick Thorburn and even the bejeweled cape from Islands “No You Don’t” video designed by Christian Joy.
In keeping with the dual nature of things, Islands has announced east and west coast tours in the spring. The west coast run will be supported by Honus Honus (of Man Man) while the east coast dates will be supported by Lushlife. All upcoming shows are listed below.
Last summer, Islands decamped to a little studio in Toronto to record the upcoming albums. Taste, Islands’ sixth record, is a muscular, crystalline affair, with the majority of the music electronic, buoyed by drum machines, programming and arpeggiated vintage synths. The songs still flirt with Islands’ bread and butter. Evergreens such as ennui, remorse, and a general disenchantment with the modern world hover over the tracks, with lines like “we got so thrown, we felt lost at home” and “steal a little moment, lose it like you own it,” to hammer home the point. The songs cut a wide swath, however, and also go in directions that Islands has never tackled, including police brutality and white male privilege (!).
Should I Remain Here At Sea? (a semi-reference to Tarkovsky’s "Solaris") Islands’ seventh album is, in many ways, a spiritual sequel to the debut album, 2006’s Return to the Sea; a natural, raw record, stripped down to its essentials, performed live off the floor. Reflecting on the decade that has elapsed, SIRHAS kicks off with a darkly funny tartness. Tackling religion, race, addiction, and murderous fantasies, the songs give way to a resigned and doleful melancholia, tackling heartache, numb disillusionment, and emotional disorientation through the guise of stupid parrots, the Internet, sea turtles and perhaps the loneliest maritimer to ever sail the seas. It was recorded as spontaneously as could be, with some of the songs captured live in one take, vocals and all.
Both albums were produced by Nick Thorburn and Evan Gordon. Taste was mixed by Roger Levins, and SIRHAS was mixed by Rob Schnapf. About the process, Nick says: “Contained on these albums are the saddest songs I've ever written, the funniest songs I've ever written, the catchiest songs, and the most satisfying songs. Excuse all the superlatives, but I honestly don't think I've ever walked away from a recording process more fulfilled and invigorated."
Additionally, Nick Thorburn composed new music for season two of Serial, including the show's theme song. The soundtrack features additional scoring by Mark Henry Phillips and Fritz Myers and is available now to stream and download via BandCamp and Pledge Music. Speaking to Vulture Thorburn noted, "For the first season I used a lot of guitar stuff. This one I used a lot more synths. It’s a little more ambient-sounding. It’s not electronic, but it’s atmospheric. You identify the atmosphere. I think there can be a symbiotic relationship between the two [Serial Soundtrack], especially for Islands."
Watch: Behind The Scenes of "No Milk, No Sugar"
ISLANDS UPCOMING TOUR DATES
05.17 Ottawa, ON @ Ritual
05.18 Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle
05.19 Montreal, QC @ Bar Le "Ritz" P.D.B
05.20 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
05.21 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
05.22 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
05.24 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
05.25 Columbus, OH @ Skully's Music Diner
05.26 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
05.27 Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
05.28 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
06.01 Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
06.03 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
06.04 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
06.05 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
06.07 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
06.08 Bakersfield, CA @ Temblor Brewing Company
06.09 Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom
06.10 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
06.11 Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon
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