A-OK Giveaway! Tickets to Islands at Habitat

Win tickets to see Islands at Habitat on Wednesday, March 7th at 8:00pm. We’re giving away a pair of tickets, use the comments below to tell us your favourite Islands song. That’s all you have to do! The winner will be randomly chosen on Tuesday the 6th.

Do you know Islands? They formed in 2005 in Montreal, Quebec in the wake of the lo-fi/indie band The Unicorns breakup. Previous Unicorn member, Nicholas Thorburn, recorded a debut album titled ‘Return to the Sea’, which was released in April 2006. The album features numerous guest appearances, including members of Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade. ‘Return to the Sea’ has been described by Nick as having “some dancehall influences, some calypso… It’s more diverse and sprawling and ambitious”, and is “A bit more mature than The Unicorns… More of a Neil Young / Brian Wilson vibe running through it.”

Fast forward to 2012 and their fourth studio album, ‘A Sleep & a Forgetting’ had been recorded and released last month on February 14th 2012. “This album is far more personal than any I’ve made before,” Thorburn explains. “I left New York after the end of a relationship and came to Los Angeles. There was a piano where I was staying and that’s where I wrote these songs. This record deals with loss, with memory and forgetting and with dreaming. I started writing it on Valentine’s Day and it’s coming out on Valentine’s Day.”

Intimate! And you have a chance to get intimate with Islands as well.

Fill up the comments! A reminder, the winner will be randomly chosen on Tuesday the 6th.

Here is the video for Islands song “Hallways” from ‘A Sleep & A Forgetting,’ out now!


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