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ISLAND share new single "Young Days" | New album "Yesterday Park" out 25th June via Frenchkiss


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Following the recent announcement of their much-anticipated new album, "Yesterday Park", London’s ISLAND return today their new single "Young Days". The announcement comes on the heels of their recent critically acclaimed singles "Do You Remember The Times", "My Brother", “Everyone’s The Same” and “Octopus”, which are all also taken from the new album (out 25th June via Frenchkiss Records). The singles and album mark the band's first new material since 2019 and has seen them already rack up almost 1m streams as well as earning plaudits from a vast array of publications including Gigwise, Clash, DIY, The Independent, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2 and more. The new track sees the band further lean into a theme of nostalgia that is at once poignant and sanguine - this is further accentuated in the beautiful accompanying video (directed by vocalist Rollo Doherty), which follows a group of young skateboarders. The track is yet another warm and euphonious offering for the band with wistful lyrics such as "Where did my young days go?, This world is for the kids now", weaving around evocative and atmospheric downtempo instrumentation. As with their previous single, there are hints to the 90s beat-driven instrumentation that the band claim to have drawn influence from in their new material, but not at the cost of their unique, explorative dynamics and anthemic songwriting.


The new album covers a number of themes, but at it's core it is rooted in the band members formative memories. When writing the record, the band considered how their understanding of past experiences had shifted through the many different retrospective lenses they have. Questioning and tackling the complexities of modern life, the band aim to capture that feeling of looking back and finding the beauty in those simple moments that exist as silver-linings. Speaking about the new single, Rollo says, "Our lifestyles are driving the planet towards what feels like an inevitable future, and not being able to look into the eyes of the generations who will suffer the worst of the consequences makes it not even seem real. 'Young Days' considers those ideas, but it was also written when I felt like I had reached a point where I needed to look at aspects of my own life, and change to better my future. The song is lost somewhere between those two thoughts." The band had the majority of the album written just before lockdown in March last year, but, since taking that enforced pause, the songs have grown to take on new significance for them. The band go on to say, "Nostalgia is a feeling that has become more relevant for everyone in the last year, with more time and space to reflect on past experiences."

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"Yesterday Park" was recorded in semi-locked-down London last summer with Mikko Gordon (Thom Yorke), their first time working with an outside producer. The result showcases the band experimenting with more complex production as they introduce new textures and recording techniques to expand and further hone in on a sound that has always been unique to ISLAND. From the dulcet and cyclical album opener "Octopus", to the raw and direct slacker-rock anthem "Everyone's The Same", right through to the wistful, downtempo slow jam "My Brother", the contrast across the the band's new material perfectly highlights their unique dynamic range and risk taking in their new songwriting process. “Yesterday Park" is the uninhibited sound of a band who’ve already achieved so much, who are now taking another big leap forward both musically and personally. Whilst it's subject matter might be looking back to the past; ISLAND's new single is a statement of intent that will find many looking forward to what is yet to come.

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As well as the new album and single, today, ISLAND have also announced a short run of UK tour dates for October 2021. Before the pandemic hit, ISLAND had firmly established themselves as one of the UK’s most exciting live bands having toured across the US, UK, and Europe, selling out venues such as Scala and Islington Assembly Hall, as well as playing festivals such as SXSW, Reading Festival, Bastille Sound, Truck Festival and TRNSMT. This much-anticipated new tour will also be the first time any of their new material has been played live. Dates are as follows: 23 Oct - SWG3 Poetry Club, Glasgow 24 Oct - The Cluny 2, Newcastle 25 Oct - The Leadmill 2, Sheffield 26 Oct - Night People, Manchester 27 Oct - Oslo Hackney, London Tickets are on pre-sale now via the band's website and will go on general sale Friday 21st at 12pm BST. Pre-order "Yesterday Park" / Purchase tickets HERE *** Past praise for ISLAND: "The one band everyone is raving about." - Huw Stephens BBC Radio 1 "Absolutely love" - Annie Mac BBC Radio 1 "a gorgeous collection of atmospheric, leftfield pop songs that whisk you away" - DIY "Impeccable indie newcomers" – Clash "One of the most exciting bands at the moment" – Wonderland "If you're stateside, get a head start on these guys, show your friends and be prepared for when they make it to a city near you." - IndieShuffle

Album artwork | download *** "Yesterday Park" Frenchkiss Records 25th June 2021 Tracklist: 1. Octopus 2. Everyone's The Same 3. Do You Remember The Times 4. Young Days 5. We Used to Talk 6. Yesterday Park 7. By Your Side 8. The Lines We Follow 9. When I Gave You My Heart 10. This Part of Town 11. My Brother 12. The Way We Love Find ISLAND here: FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | YOUTUBE | SPOTIFY ***