New Music // ISLAND - 'Stargazer'

by DavidBeech
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on 11 August 2015 in Features
Record Label Beatnik Creative
Release date Out Now

Photo: Christian Cargill

Gripping from the opening chords, a mesmerising guitar delay, and gravelly, searing vocals, the unfixed instrumentation of ‘Stargazer’ is full of youthful abandon, purpose and promise.

There must be something in the Oxford water – or comma, in fact – as four friends Rollo Doherty (vocals, guitar), James Wolfe (bass guitar), Jack Raeder (guitar), and Toby Richards (drums) began various bands of the indie variety, before fine-tuning their sound, and starting to play shows earlier this year under the ISLANDS monicker. Think Foals, early Arctic Monkeys, and immediately, the shoegazing, triphopping timbre of South East England springs to mind. Although now residing in London, the calibre of ISLAND isn’t a far cry from such bands. With ebbs and flows that spellbind, peak, and evolve, the four-piece create music that breathes range within its songs, and simply, just breathes.

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