Singular Artists presents: Islands

Date: 27 Apr 2024
Time: 7.30pm
Ticket Price: €18 BUY TICKET


April 27th, The Cellar, Doors: 7:30pm

Singular artists proudly present Islands at The Workman’s Cellar, Dublin, Saturday 27th April 2024

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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).