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.