14 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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