IslandsLe Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St, New York, NY
We like to fantasize that crushable Canadian-born Nick Thorburn had us in mind when he decided to release his latest Islands record, A Sleep & A Forgetting, on Valentine's Day. Thorburn, who has recently been found recording material under his alter ego Nick Diamonds and indulging in side projects Mister Heavenly and Human Highway, formed Islands back in 2005 after his band with Alden Penner and Jamie Thompson, the Unicorns, sadly went extinct. Islands, known for their futuristic rock sound, developed an audience with their 2006 debut Return to the Sea, which featured guest appearances by members of Arcade Fire and Wolf
Parade. Six years and three albums later, Islands are still afloat. A Sleep & A Forgetting which contains songs written by Thorburn following a bad break-up, is an intimate, soulful record with an indie-pop sensibility. Tonight, Thorburn and crew, who usually turn a bewitching live show, play selections from their songbook with James Friley's Kentucky-born solo project, Idiot Glee, opening.
Mindy Bond, Editor