New MP3: Islands – “This Is Not a Song”, New LP

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Nick Thorburn is always busy writing avant-pop for some band, but he hasn’t dropped an album with Islands since 2009’s Vapours. His best-established extant project will drop their fourth record together, A Sleep & A Forgetting, on Valentine’s Day of 2012, but you can hear first single “This Is Not A Song” now.

Spoiler alert – it’s a song, a classic Islands song in its diverse instrumentation that draws inspiration from seemingly every era of pop music. In fact, it’s almost a ballad, what with all that emotive organ and strings reminding us of certain Cass McCombs cuts. We miss Islands’ twee-pop tracks – the short, elastic jams on Return to the Sea, and even when that trope exploded into the anthemic on Arm’s Way – but Thorburn and his band can do balladry well. Check it out.

ISLANDS – “This Is Not A Song” (mp3)

A Sleep & A Forgetting tracklist:

01 In a Dream It Seemed Real
02 This Is Not a Song
03 Never Go Solo
04 No Crying
05 Hallways
06 Can’t Feel My Face
07 Lonely Love
08 Oh Maria
09 Cold Again
10 Don’t I Love You
11 Same Thing

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