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Today, London’s ISLAND return with the announcement of their highly anticipated new album "Yesterday Park", which is out 25th June via Frenchkiss Records.
The announcement comes on the heels of their recent critically acclaimed singles "My Brother", “Everyone’s The Same” and “Octopus”, which are all also taken from the new album. 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.
Alongside the news of their new album, ISLAND have also shared a new single called "Do You Remember The Times". The track sees the band continue to step away from some of their old approaches, bringing in new ideas and exploring more intricate dynamics and instrumentation.
When speaking about some of the musical inspiration behind their new material the band state that they drew a lot of influence from the 90s - particularly beat-driven 90s hip-hop - and that can definitely be heard in the single's energetic and groove-heavy rhythm section. Combined with the band's ever expansive and highly atmospheric guitar lines and ruminative yet anthemic vocals, the new track sees the band further lean into a theme of nostalgia that is at once poignant and sanguine.
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 and album, the band says, "It’s about how memories exist in our minds in total harmony, and the way those memories feel from the point of view of the present. Memories of being young and carefree become more and more distant as we grow, but also more rose-tinted. Exploring that feeling is pretty much the central theme of whole album, so it felt like the right time to put this track out there."
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."
"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.
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

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