Ski Mask (LP)


Islands

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Amoeba Review

09/16/2013

Though Islands have seen their lineup face a revolving door, Nicholas Thorburn and co. have always kept things upbeat and relatively seamless on record. Their latest, Ski Mask, is no exception, full of the same madcap pop songwriting Thorburn has been burnishing since the days of The Unicorns, his former band. On opener "Wave Forms," he sounds like he's producing the saddest Saturday morning cartoon music, singing "the water's calm and I am moving on" over calypso vibraphone. "Death Drive" starts with a hip-hop feel (anyone remember Thorburn and former bandmate Jamie Thompson's hip-hop side project, Th'Corn Gang?) before jumping into sprightlier mayhem. "Becoming the Gunship" features some of Thorburn's finest songwriting, its slow-rolling melody keeping the zaniness reined in—for the moment, until they go off the rails again with the vaudvillian "Nil." But really, do you want the same ol' thing from a band like Islands? Their commitment to both melody and silliness is a breath of fresh air on Ski Mask.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Wave Forms
Islands 02:53
2.
Death Drive
Islands 02:50
3.
Becoming The Gunship
Islands 03:51
4.
Nil
Islands 02:07
5.
Sad Middle
Islands 03:05
6.
Hushed Tones
Islands 05:17


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Here Here
Islands 04:19
2.
Shotgun Vision
Islands 03:08
3.
Of Corpse
Islands 04:17
4.
We'll Do It So You Don't Have To
Islands 04:15
5.
Winged Beat Drums
Islands 04:49

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