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Island Share New Single “Brother”- Out Now via Frenchkiss Records

May 2, 2021
Photo by Christian Cargill 

London’s ISLAND have shared a new single entitled “My Brother”, which is out now via Frenchkiss Records.

Following on from their direct and cacophonous recent single “Everyone’s The Same“, the new track perfectly exemplifies the band’s ability to further develop and build upon the dynamics of their shimmering, dulcet indie-pop sensibilities. “My Brother” combines expansive and evocatively effected guitars with atmospheric instrumentation, and a ruminative yet anthemic vocal, which leans into a theme of nostalgia that is at once poignant and sanguine. 

Speaking about the new single, the band says, “‘My Brother’ is about wanting the best for someone that’s close to you who needs help, someone that needs to get out and see the world for what it can be, and escape from being stuck doing the same old things in life. It’s a plea for them to make that change, and the happiness that comes when they manage it.”

These gentle whirling notions from the budding electronic layers start to scuttle around the intimate ambiance before the raw lyrics steer the release to a new level, the rest of the instrumentation makes their sound prominent and well knows as the musicians all join the atmosphere and ramp up the intensity. The piercing guitar tone adds this crucial addition to enhancing the vocal harmonies. The lyrics delve into such a personal and tender theme, a cathartic ode to the outfit allowing such honesty to become the focus of their emotive composition. It’s the truly honest ties that bind the audience to the heart-felt single. The audience takes in the power of this ensemble.

“My Brother”, “Everyone’s The Same”, “Octopus” were recorded in semi-locked-down London last summer with Mikko Gordon (Thom Yorke), their first time working with an outside producer. The result showcases the band experimenting with more complex production as they introduce new textures, instrumentation and recording techniques to expand and further hone in on a sound that has always been unique to ISLAND.

Their recent single “Octopus” marked the band’s first new material since 2019 and has seen them already rack up over 500K streams as well as earning plaudits from a vast array of publications with the likes of Gigwise calling it “a lush, multi-layered indie-pop dreamscape,” and Clash describing it as “A tightly coiled indie pop jammer that conjures a rich sense of atmosphere,” that finds the band “developing in an extremely fresh way.”

ISLAND released their debut album Feels Like Air in 2018. It put them on the map with world-wide critical acclaim racking up millions of plays across Spotify. Their When We’re Still EP came the following year.  Before the pandemic hit, ISLAND had firmly established themselves as one of the UK’s most exciting live bands having toured across the US, UK, and Europe including stops at SXSW, Reading Festival, Bastille Sound, Truck Festival and TRNSMT.

Watch this space for more news and music from ISLAND.​​

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