Islands - And That's Why Dolphins Lost Their Legs

Format: LP
Label: Elf LPELF001C
Year: 2023
Origin: Montréal, Québec, 🇨🇦
Genre: rock
Value of Original Title: $25.00
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Release Type: Albums
Playlist: Rock Room, 2020's, Quebec


Side 1

Track Name
Life's A Joke
And All You Can Do Is Laugh
Hard to Argue

Side 2

Track Name
Driven Snow
Bite My Tongue
Too Far Gone
Up The Down Staircase



And That's Why Dolphins Lost Their Legs


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If Islands' last record, (2021's Islomania) was a Saturday Night Fever dream, then the follow up--2023's And That's Why Dolphins Lost Their Legs--is the Sunday Morning comedown.

Taking a giant leap forward, replete with addictive hooks at every turn, Dolphins (the 9th in the catalogue), stands out as the strongest and most articulate Islands record yet. Nick Thorburn and band manage to slyly tap into both the pain and the joy of living, often simultaneously, while stripping the music down to its simplest element: a strange sample rubbing up against a bouncing bassline, a snappy kick and snare firing off against a persistent, hooky guitar line.

Though refined and deliberate, the music has a certain playfulness that Thorburn hasn’t tapped into in quite some time. The record is a notable departure from previous outings, but the DNA of Thorburn's early work, namely his first band The Unicorns, can be heard clearly throughout songs like "Headlines", "Life's A Joke" and "And All You Can Do is Laugh”.

Dolphins, which came together over a methodical, carefully considered multi-year process, continues Thorburn's fruitful collaboration with co-producer Patrick Ford (!!!), and features production on a few songs from Chris Coady (Beach House) and Mike Stroud (Ratatat).
released August 25, 2023

Nick Thorburn
Adam Halferty
Geordie Gordon
Evan Gordon

All songs written by Nick Thorburn
And All You Can Do is Laugh by Nick Thorburn, Mark Ives & Mike Stroud

Produced by Patrick Ford & Nick Thorburn
except "Too Far Gone" by Patrick Ford
& "Pelican" By Mike Stroud

Mixed by Omar Yakar
Mastered by Mark Chalecki


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