Islands' Nick Thorburn had quietly put his band into retirement after celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album in 2016. But after pursuing other interests in film and scoring, Thorburn began writing songs again and here we are with Islomania, Islands' eighth album, which is arguably their danciest, poppiest album to date. “Tension and release exist throughout," says Thorburn. "Every song here begins bottled up, but there’s always a cathartic release by the end. There’s darkness and doubt in every crevice of this record, but there’s always a release." Islomania is out today and you can listen below.
We asked Nick for a list of inspirations behind Islomania and he obliged with 10 items that cover just about every aspect of the record, from the sounds and players on it, to the cover art (which features actor Alex Karpovsky) and its title. Nick's list includes Arthur Russell, Sparks, Depeche Mode, Alan Partridge, Fat Tony, books, synthesizers and more, and comes with thoughtful commentary for each. Read that below.