A Valentine's Day Release Show for 'A Sleep & A Forgetting' (Anti-)
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
Doors 8:00PM / Show 9:00PM
This event is 18 and over
Acclaimed modernist pop band Islands celebrate their new album A Sleep & A Forgetting (Anti-Records) on Tuesday, February 14th at Bootleg Theater. While the record continues the band's penchant for crafting adventuresome and infectious state of the art pop music, this time band leader Nick Thorburn has infused the songs with a personal introspection that gives the record a new and powerful emotional resonance.
“This album is far more personal than any I’ve made before,” Thorburn explains. “I left New York after the end of a relationship and came to Los Angeles. There was a piano where I was staying and that’s where I wrote these songs. This record deals with loss, with memory and forgetting and with dreaming. I started writing it on Valentine’s Day and its coming out on Valentine’s Day.”
A Sleep & A Forgetting is the anticipated follow up to Islands critically heralded record Vapours, which Black Book described as "infectious and weird....masterful” and Popmatters proclaimed “a damn fine record.” The new album was produced by Thorburn and fellow Islands member Evan Gordon in less than two weeks, the 11 songs recorded live with hardly a single overdub. It’s a stripped down process and beautifully understated sound which only reinforces the confessional content of the lyrics
Expect shimmering sonic textures and irresistible melodies that have come to define Islands enduring appeal, and a deeply personal cathartic undercurrent to the songs. “The sound is really my interpretation of soul music,” Thorburn offers. “I mean, I’m a white kid from Canada so it’s gonna be very warped. But that’s where my head was at, that particular way of dealing with themes of pain and heartbreak.”
“Breezy calypso rhythms, honeyed country-acoustic guitars, bubbly/silly synthesizer effects, and summery melodies.” – Pitchfork
Coming from the wilds of Lexington, Kentucky, Friley inhabits a genre almost completely of his own. As the name of his work suggests, their is a choral feeling to the casio-backed musings that goes far beyond the usual stripped back, fuzzy vocals that this age seems to demand for a burgeoning artist. The electronic keyboard aside, much of the backing tune is done acapella, which, it being a solo project and everything, means that Idiot Glee's vocal harmonies are purely the work of Friley layering self recording upon self recording. The end results is a bizarre ghostliness, a barber shop quartet made up of clones or puppets, awkward but, unsurprisingly, shimmering with brilliance.
$15.00 - $18.00
Free street parking available. Private parking available for $3.00 across from venue.
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