LISTEN: Islands – “This Is Not a Song”

LISTEN / December 7, 2011
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LISTEN: Islands – “This Is Not a Song”

Nick Thorburn, the former frontman of the short-lived yet influential indie group The Unicorns and current frontman for Islands, once again showcases his song-writing prowess with the latest Islands’ track “This Is Not a Song”  from their upcoming album entitled A Sleep and A Forgetting.

Take note, this is a ballad fit for the winter months.

Thorburn croons the melancholic song as if he is trudging through waist-deep snow, all while presumably lamenting a love recently departed, and his heavy-handed lyricism that carries over from The Unicorn’s days is heard throughout.

Even so, Thorburn  is successful in creating a fresh,  perfectly balanced ballad that is simple and endearing.

A Sleep and A Forgetting is set to be released on February 14th, 2012 (Valentine’s Day) on Anti- Records.

“This Is Not a Song” proves that fans of Islands can expect another quality release in 2012, albeit an emotional one. You can download the track for free here.


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J. Marshall Pearson




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LISTEN: Islands – “This Is Not a Song”