New Islands – “No You Don’t”

At the end of September, Nick Diamonds & his shape-shifting Islands are following up 2008’s Arm’s Way with their third studio album, Vapours. The 12-song collection includes the drum machines and sequencers of Jamie Thompson, who left the band after the 2006 debut, Return To The Sea. As a result of the shift in the arrangements (or vice versa), the songs are less epic and more insular than last time out with Diamonds jamming more hooks and less prog excursions into Vapours’ 42 minutes. Which doesn’t mean the title track won’t give you a triumphant horn arrangement, that you won’t find orchestral martial drumming in closer “Everything Is Under Control,” that “On Foreigner” doesn’t meander by like a slightly cooled tropical breeze, “Tender Torture” doesn’t take off with careening and swoony hooks, or that the appropriately titled “Hearbeat” won’t use a little auto-tune. Get a sample of the collection via the poppy, defiant (and clattering, highly synthesized) second track, “No You Don’t.”

Islands – “No You Don’t” (MP3)
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Vapours is out 9/22 via Anti-.

[Photo by Aliya Naumoff]

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