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With Islands' fourth studio album, Nicholas Thorburn distances himself even further from his roots as the frontman for indie pop band The Unicorns. A Sleep and a Forgetting is a mostly melancholy musing on the end of his marriage and the adversity that followed. “In a Dream It Seemed Real” sets the tone, as Thorburn’s voice tries to keep cool amid recollections of moments leading up to the divorce. Following the similarly sullen “This Is Not a Song,” things pick up a little in “Never Go Solo,” where a bouncing piano gives the tune’s verses some buoyancy that sets it up for an angry chorus. “Can’t Feel My Face” is another standout; its upbeat tempos and slightly sunny melodies contrast lyrics that reject mysterious metaphors for a more dry and direct lyrical approach: “I miss my wife/I miss my best friend every night/I miss my home/I miss my own bed and my old life.” Of the bonus tracks, “Grey Funnel Line” stands out, with Thorburn singing like Chet Baker.


Formed: 2005 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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