ISLANDS - "Becoming the Gunship"

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I've always been particularly intrigued by songs that allegedly came to their writers in dreams. Two that immediately come to mind for me are Deerhunter's "Strange Lights" and Surfer Blood's "Anchorage," and here's a third, Islands' gorgeously weird ballad "Becoming the Gunship," from the band's upcoming record Ski Mask. It's a fantastic song that sounds like a particularly haunting dream - title-appropriate militaristic drums anchor Nick Thorburn's sublime vocal and plenty of soaring guitar noise; the whole thing's got a charming Americana tinge that sounds like driving into the sunset. Check it out - Ski Mask is out September 17.

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