Header

ISLANDS

Crossover Prog • Canada


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Islands picture
Islands biography
Canadian outfit ISLANDS were formed in 2005, and may be regarded as the creative vehicle of band leader Nicholas Thorburn. Their initial effort, Return to the Sea, was released in April 2006, and featured numerous guest appearances by other artists.

Following extended live performances supporting the album, Islands hit the studio again in early 2008, and in May the same year the sophomore effort Arm's Way was released. This production saw Islands evolving the indie based stylistic expression featured on their debut album into art rock territories, to the extent that many would describe this effort as progressive rock.

Following the support dates promoting this sophomore effort, Thorburn reassembled Islands almost completely, and when the third album Vapours appeared in September 2009 this line-up alteration was noticeable on a musical level as well, as this latest album saw Islands exploring a type of music that was much closer to mainstream pop music, leaving behind much of their initial indie rock traits and almost all art rock tendencies featured on their second venture.

Their inclusion into the database of www.progarchives.com is due to the material explored on their second production Arm's Way, which is a surprising but welcome progressive rock creation made by a band otherwise better known for their endeavours in mainstream oriented territories.

Islands official website

ISLANDS MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s
No MP3/Stream available for this artist.
Collaborate with Progarchives.com, learn how to submit new MP3s.

ISLANDS forum topics / tours, shows & news


ISLANDS forum topics Create a topic now
ISLANDS tours, shows & news
No topics found for : "islands"
Post an entries now

ISLANDS Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to ISLANDS

Buy ISLANDS Music


Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Islands - Becoming the Gunship - SEALED 2013 U.S. PROMO cd - RARE! USD $7.47 Buy It Now 2h 11m
Rogers, Kenny - Islands In The Stream/I Will Always Love You(45,1983) USD $3.00 Buy It Now 2h 39m
Mike Oldfield Islands 7 Track Cassette Tape USD $9.31 Buy It Now 3h 5m
VARIOUS greek islands LP VG SCXG 71 Vinyl Record w/ Book EMI Columbia Greece USD $35.00 Buy It Now 3h 10m
cassette - Islands / Various Artists / 1997 USD $4.95 Buy It Now 3h 33m
1985 Douglas Wood Islands 33 LP Record AVB A154 USD $33.05 Buy It Now 3h 36m
MEZZOFORTE - ISLANDS NEW CD USD $22.39 Buy It Now 4h 19m
JERRY GOLDSMITH:ISLANDS IN THE STREAM,1986,US ISSUE,INTRADA,OST,DIGITAL,EX USD $1.54 [0 bids]
4h 20m
BILL KEALE - ISLANDS AWAY - KAILUA RAIN - ROSIE'S HULA - MINT CD USD $24.95 Buy It Now 4h 28m
Drew's Famous Sounds of the Hawaiian Islands by USD $4.37 Buy It Now 4h 40m
CAPERCAILLIE "A Prince Among Islands EP UK 1992 TV Theme P/s USD $4.65 Buy It Now 4h 42m
HI TIDE - BEGIN AGAIN - CAYMAN ISLANDS - Nr MINT CD USD $3.09 Buy It Now 5h
Milo and the Kings Today and lazy man Virgin Islands, Calypso, Vinyl LP Record USD $55.00 [0 bids]
USD $75.00 Buy It Now
5h 17m
SKAH SHAH #1 Men Nimewo A LP ISLANDS HAITI KOMPA COMPA USD $4.95 Buy It Now 5h 32m
(895A) Islands Lost at Sea vs Soft Priest, split- DJ CD USD $3.81 Buy It Now 5h 41m
(907A) Islands, Creeper - DJ CD USD $4.65 Buy It Now 5h 43m
GARY GORDON QUARTET, ISLANDS OF BEAUTY, EX/EX, 2 Track, 7" Single, Pic Sleeve USD $2.63 Buy It Now 5h 50m
JO CANG, ISLANDS, VG/VG, 2 Track, 7" Single, Picture Sleeve, BMG, 114093, USD $2.63 Buy It Now 6h 49m
Mary Onettes - Islands (CD New) USD $11.23 Buy It Now 7h 2m
Islands In The Stream; I Will Always Love You, Kenny Rogers, Good USD $6.39 Buy It Now 7h 4m
KENNY ROGERS & DOLLY PARTON, ISLANDS IN THE STREAM, VG/EX, 2 Track, 7" Single, USD $2.63 Buy It Now 7h 15m
(BR696) Boy King Islands, Fall - DJ CD USD $4.28 Buy It Now 7h 30m
ECHOES OF THE ISLANDS Cawaci-Loreto Choirs LP Kiwi SLC-55 Very Good (VG) USD $4.95 Buy It Now 7h 48m
Marty Robbins Songs of the Islands vinyl LP 1983 EX w/SHRINK USD $4.95 Buy It Now 8h 3m
KENNY ROGERS & DOLLY PARTON - ISLANDS IN THE STREAM (PB13615) w/ PICTURE SLEEVE USD $3.50 Buy It Now 8h 27m
(EN804) Citadels, Golden Islands - 2009 DJ CD USD $3.81 Buy It Now 8h 35m
ISLANDS - Hallways CD Single USD $0.01 [0 bids]
9h 24m
WAIKIKIS SONG OF THE ISLANDS 12 MELODIC TRACKS VINYL LP ALBUM USD $6.20 Buy It Now 9h 37m
KENNY ROGERS / DOLLY PARTON "ISLANDS IN THE STREAM / I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU" 45 USD $2.00 Buy It Now 9h 44m
FORMER GHOSTS / WHITMAN - Split 7" - Xiu Xiu-Zola Jesus-Tearist-Future Islands USD $4.99 [0 bids]
USD $8.00 Buy It Now
9h 49m
MARTY ROBBINS Island Woman... Caribbean Islands & Mexico CD Bear Family 1991 USD $10.95 Buy It Now 9h 54m
DANNY I - TO YOUR MAJESTY CD Virgin Islands Roots Reggae USD $14.00 Buy It Now 10h 25m
MARY ONETTES - ISLANDS NEW CD USD $15.08 Buy It Now 10h 47m
Greatest Songs Of The Islands, Andy Williams, Good USD $3.99 Buy It Now 11h 13m
Bill Fleming- Songs The Virgins Love LP 1965 Virgin Islands Pressing Calypso USD $11.99 Buy It Now 11h 29m
LORD CREATOR 45 We Will Be Lovers GIANT Rare Islands Rn'B CALYPSO #S34 USD $20.00 Buy It Now 12h 15m
Roger Eno - Laraaji - Islands CD 1995 UK USD $14.99 Buy It Now 13h 38m
ISLANDS - Hallways CD Single USD $0.01 [0 bids]
13h 58m
Candlemass King of the Grey Islands SEALED 2007 Rem USA CD w/ 2 bns trx Nemesis USD $13.95 Buy It Now 14h 7m
Faroe Islands - Russ Taff New & Sealed Compact Disc Free Shipping USD $12.10 Buy It Now 14h 39m
Return to Paradise Islands - Bing Crosby New & Sealed Compact Disc Free Shipping USD $17.60 Buy It Now 14h 51m
Matheu Cabanilles Cabezon Novenko Reynes - Organs Of The Balearic Islands 1 CD USD $24.79 Buy It Now 15h 58m
King Crimson - Islands CD USD $26.39 Buy It Now 15h 59m
L.CD ALBUM.NATHAN FAKE..HARD ISLANDS..6 TRACKS USD $10.50 Buy It Now 16h 14m
FUTURE ISLANDS - SINGLES [DIGIPAK] [FUTURE ISLANDS] - NEW CD USD $13.82 Buy It Now 18h 24m
BAND ISLANDS JAPAN USD $24.99 Buy It Now 18h 40m
Islands In Stream Film Movie Soundtrack Score LP Sealed Jerry Goldsmith USD $13.97 Buy It Now 20h 11m
SOUNDTRACK: Islands In The Stream (soundtrack & cast vinyl LP) USD $30.00 Buy It Now 22h 27m
45 RPM RECORD/13E) KENNY ROGERS / ISLANDS IN THE STREAM USD $2.00 Buy It Now 22h 34m
CHARLES K.L. DAVIS SINGS SONGS FROM THE MAGIC ISLANDS USD $1.88 Buy It Now 23h 43m
King Crimson - Islands MINI LP CD Japan USD $15.99 [0 bids]
23h 54m
holiday in hawaii exotic songs of the islands SEALED LP MAKAMIA AND HIS MOANA IS USD $6.99 Buy It Now 1 day
LURE OF THE ISLANDS Hal Aloma & Orchestra Hawaii Surf w/ inner RECORD LP USD $20.00 Buy It Now 1 day
King Crimson Islands JAPAN MINI LP CD SEALED USD $16.99 [0 bids]
1 day
KING CRIMSON - Islands (2-disc HQCD/DVD set) JAPAN MINI LP HQCD SEALED USD $19.99 [0 bids]
1 day
Sam Makia Songs of The Islands Hawaiian LP Onacrest ONA-5004 NM Vinyl USD $10.00 Buy It Now 1 day
1973 Alfred Newman The Magic Islands Hawaii LP MCA-2063 NM Vinyl PLAY TESTED USD $10.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Webley Edwards Romantic Instrumentals Of The Islands LP MONO T-1987 NM Vinyl USD $7.50 Buy It Now 1 day
1972 Marty Robbins Song Of The Islands LP Harmony H-31258 VG+ Vinyl USD $3.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Islands CD USD $3.25 Buy It Now 1 day
The Band - Islands (Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel) Vinyl Record LP USD $16.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Foreign Islands ?- Fine Dining With The Future : Boys Noize Mix USD $2.33 Buy It Now 1 day
KING CRIMSON "ISLANDS" JAPANESE MINI LP. NEW! IECP-10006 USD $21.99 Buy It Now 1 day
KENNY ROGERS & DOLLY PARTON - ISLANDS IN THE STREAM 7" 83 VG- USD $1.52 [0 bids]
1 day
King Crimson-Islands White Label Promo LP w 2 Stickers Excellent Copy USD $99.98 [0 bids]
1 day
Undiscovered Islands CD USD $15.55 Buy It Now 1 day
King Crimson ISLANDS 30th ANNIVERSARY REMASTERED New Sealed CD USD $12.99 Buy It Now 1 day
MAUNA LOA ISLANDERS music of the islands LP VG+ LSP-2061 Living Stereo 1s/1s 1st USD $25.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Orig MELANESIAN PAN PIPES 'Are 'Are Vol. 2 LP Malaita Solomon Islands Import USD $14.95 [0 bids]
1 day
MIKE OLDFIELD ISLANDS RARE ORIGINAL EX YUGOSLAV 1ST PRESS 1987 EX/NM- USD $19.00 Buy It Now 1 day
MIKE OLDFIELD-ISLANDS ORIGINAL EX YUGOSLAV 1ST.PRESS 1988 EX/EX- USD $14.00 Buy It Now 1 day
TACTICOS & HIS BOUZOUKIS-MUSIC FROM THE GREEK ISLANDS USD $1.56 Buy It Now 1 day
Wayne King - Songs Of The Islands DL74023 USD $6.99 Buy It Now 1 day
KING CRIMSON islands EMPTY BOX Japan mini lp cd USD $15.00 [1 bids]
1 day
BING CROSBY "Sing You A Song Of The Islands" IMPORT LP USD $14.95 Buy It Now 1 day
MEZZOFORTE - ISLANDS [DIGIPAK] * [MEZZOFORTE] - NEW CD USD $14.28 Buy It Now 1 day
Sextett Ólafs Gauks - Westman Islands songs LP Iceland USD $9.45 Buy It Now 1 day
Islands: 40th Anniversary Series (CD + DVD-A) King Crimson DVD Audio USD $31.21 Buy It Now 1 day
58 x VIKING POLYNESIAN MUSIC Unused Inlay Cards FIJI COOK ISLANDS SAMOA TAHITI USD $72.22 Buy It Now 1 day
Hawai'I Keawe: Music For The Hawaiian Islands 1 - Kuana Kahele (2014, CD New) USD $16.24 Buy It Now 1 day
Wave Like Home Future Islands CD USD $17.11 Buy It Now 1 day
Mary Onettes - Islands [CD New] USD $11.16 Buy It Now 1 day
Ray Andrade And His Orchestra Song Of The Islands Vinyl LP Album 1959 USD $2.49 Buy It Now 1 day
SHIPWRECKS & ISLANDS Plass/Baggaley/Clifton/Blythe - 1999 UK CD - Poetry/Folk USD $3.50 Buy It Now 1 day
TUROU TEREORA COLLEGE NEW ZEALAND CASSETTE TAPE ELECTROTEK COOK ISLANDS 1978 USD $24.32 Buy It Now 1 day
BEEP BEEP - ENCHANTED ISLANDS (BONUS) (TRACKS) NEW CD USD $19.06 Buy It Now 1 day
KUANA KAHELE - HAWAI'I KEAWE: MUSIC FOR THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS 1 NEW CD USD $22.39 Buy It Now 1 day
Mike Oldfield - Islands - Sealed - '87 - Virgin 90645-1 - Factory sticker on F. USD $19.99 Buy It Now 1 day
r MARTY ROBBINS EP PS JAPAN SONG OF THE ISLANDS E331 USD $16.00 Buy It Now 1 day
LP: Pancho Ras - Wah Yo Balling Fah 1994 Virgin Islands USD $29.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Hawai'i Keawe: Music for the Hawaiian Islands, Vol. 1 [Digipak] by Kuana... USD $13.08 Buy It Now 1 day
CALYPSO - RICHIE DELAMORE - Goombay & Ballads of The Islands - Nassau, Bahamas USD $9.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Islands by The Charity Stripe (CD, 2004) Seattle Band USD $1.49 Buy It Now 1 day
Lead the Way with Ford:: Sounds of the Virgin Islands 7" promotioal vinyl record USD $7.95 [0 bids]
USD $10.49 Buy It Now
1 day
Kenny Rogers Duet With Dolly Parton Islands In The Stream 45 RPM 7" USD $10.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Organs Of The Balearic 2 Various - Organs Of The Balearic Islands 2 CD USD $24.79 Buy It Now 1 day
ISLANDS "A Sleep & A Forgetting" 2012 CD USD $1.49 [0 bids]
1 day
DONALD SHAW - HEBRIDES: ISLANDS ON THE EDGE: MUSIC FROM THE BBC SERIES - NEW CD USD $14.00 Buy It Now 1 day
BACK TO THE ISLANDS by Sonya Mendez Japan(Promo)CD W/OBI Like New USD $4.59 Buy It Now 1 day
Angela Verbytska : Coral Islands USD $3.99 Buy It Now 1 day


More places to buy ISLANDS music online Buy ISLANDS & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for ISLANDS DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

ISLANDS shows & tickets


ISLANDS has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

ISLANDS discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

ISLANDS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.05 | 2 ratings
Return to the Sea
2006
2.50 | 2 ratings
Arm's Way
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Vapours
2009
2.33 | 3 ratings
A Sleep & A Forgetting
2012

ISLANDS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

ISLANDS Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

ISLANDS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

ISLANDS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

ISLANDS Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Arm's Way by ISLANDS album cover Studio Album, 2008
2.50 | 2 ratings

BUY
Arm's Way
Islands Crossover Prog

Review by TheGazzardian
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Following up their debut, Islands changed their sound quite a significant amount. There are a lot more verse/chorus bits here, and a lot more sing-along choruses (but not in an AOR so much as that quirky way indie rock bands have). The Arm, Kids Don't Know Shit, and I Feel Evil Creeping In are each excellent examples of this.

Interestingly, this is the album that earned Islands their place here in Progarchives. To me, it is their debut album that is their proggiest, although I understand why this one got them included here. There is a bit of maturity here, and the addition of violins, that gives the music here a more distinctly symphonic texture here as opposed to their very indie-sounding debut.

The songs here are tighter and more consistent than they were on the debut, which is both a blessing and a curse. This album is imminently listenable, and from the first listen I've had these songs stuck in my head. I've listened to this album three times in the past day simply because the music will not leave my head. However, this sheen makes the album a bit less adventurous than their debut, which switched from extended psychedelic to odd instrumental to a piece with rap in the middle to folk, yet all staying within a recognisable sound. Here the band explores less different avenues of their sound, and so when you reach I Feel Evil Creeping In, it doesn't feel like you've gone that far from Life In Jail.

The album does end on a superb piece of music, Vertigo, the "epic" on this album, which while still very much in the mould of this album does offer more time for the instruments to build up texture and atmosphere, and does take the sound further than any other track.

Overall an enjoyable, light listen that entertains but does not hit very deep.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 Return to the Sea by ISLANDS album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.05 | 2 ratings

BUY
Return to the Sea
Islands Crossover Prog

Review by TheGazzardian
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Islands debut album was a charming, if uneven, release of indie/psychadelic music with a pop edge. The band was formed from the ashes of a band called The Unicorns, and although I am not at all familiar with that band, I hear that this is the album that most closely resembles them.

There are a lot of really interesting tracks on this album. My favorites would be Swans (Life After Death), Rough Gem, and Tsuxiit - which, if you check the track listing, you will see is fairly front loaded. Each of these tracks has something unique about it. Swans is the most psychadelic sounding, with acoustic guitars, odd keyboards, and the strangely relaxing vocals (with lines like "I woke up thirsty the day I died") all create a song that is a small trip in and of itself. Rough Gem is just plain catchy, and Tsuxiit is a really odd sound collage composed mostly of synthetic sounds.

The mix of different sounds doesn't end there; the rap-like vocals of Where There's a Will, There's a Whalebone work strangely well, and the doomsday-esque intro to Volcanoes gives the song a fair amount of character.

Where the album suffers is from the moments where the band didn't seem to find the creative groove that makes the previously mentioned tracks so enjoyable. The rest of the album sits somewhere between decent to boring indie pop (to my ears), and really brings down the overall score of the album.

Regardless, this album is worth a listen for the tracks that are more creative, especially if you are also a fan of the indie/pop scene, as this album (to my ears) represents a pretty good crossover between that scene and the prog scene.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 Arm's Way by ISLANDS album cover Studio Album, 2008
2.50 | 2 ratings

BUY
Arm's Way
Islands Crossover Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

3 stars The more I listen to this album, the less I like it, although I do see why they are included here. The music is slick, well played pop, with a few nods toward prog and psychedelic. But what brings them down, to my ears, is a sound that usually invokes Duran Duran or Coldplay.

The best, and proggiest, songs are Abominable Snow a fine homage to Sasquatch, and Vertigo (If It's a Crime), which ends the album on a proper note. But too much of this album just doesn't draw me in, leaving me that that old Duran Duran feeling.

2.5 stars, rounded up.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 2.09 seconds