Photo by Todd Weaver


Montreal indie rock quartet Islands, have announced their new LP, Ski Mask, the follow up to 2012′s lauded A Sleep And A Forgetting. Due out in September via frontman Nick Thorburn’s label Manqué, Ski Mask promises to continue Islands’ consistent penchant for peculiar pop songs.
 
Islands accompanied their announcement with Ski Mask’s first single, “Wave Forms.” Despite Ski Mask’s creepy album cover, “Wave Forms’” lush instrumentation, steel drums, reggae bass part, and infectious hook elicit tropical vibes, inspiring daydreams of sunbathing on some remote Caribbean island rather than being torn apart by the ambiguous figures depicted above. Check out “Wave Forms,” along with Ski Mask’s tracklist and Islands’ upcoming tour dates, below.
 

 
Ski Mask Tracklist:
01. Wave Forms
02. Death Drive
03. Becoming the Gunship
04. Nil
05. Sad Middle
06. Hushed Tones
07. Here Here
08. Shotgun Vision
09. Of Corpse
10. We’ll Do It So You Don’t Have To
11. Winged Beat Drums
 
Islands’ Upcoming Tour Dates:
09/18 Visalia, CA – The Cellar Door
09/20 Seattle, WA – The Vera Project
09/21 Vancouver, British Columbia – Media Club
09/22 Portland, OR – Doug Fir
09/24 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
09/25 Santa Ana, CA – The Constellation Room
09/26 Los Angeles, CA – Eagle Rock Center For The Arts
09/27 San Diego, CA – Casbah
10/08 Boston, MA – Great Scott
10/09 Montreal, Quebec – Il Motore
10/10 Toronto, Ontario – The Garrison
10/11 Detroit, MI – The Loving Touch
10/12 Madison, WI – Der Rathskeller
10/13 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
10/14 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
10/16 Washington, DC – Empty Bottle
10/17 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
10/20 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom