Label: Post/Pop Records - none • Format: 2x, Cassette Compilation • Country: Canada • Genre: Rock • Style: Indie Rock
So maybe Nick Thorburn just writes a lot of music. And in the case of this dual album release, Thorburn splits his calculated kookiness into two halves: rote indie synthpop vying for your Noughties nostalgia on Tasteand straightforward, more-of-the-same twee rock that also vies for your Noughties All The Pretty Girls - The Darkness - Pinewood Smile on Should I Remain Here At Sea?
And props to the man for consistency on each — but without the cross-pollination in between, the two albums form the rigid boundaries to one flat comfort zone. You see, only cosmetics distinguishes Taste from Should Back Into It - Islands - Should I Remain Here At Sea?/Taste Remain….
The former, for instance, suggests that music scenes die because the collective imagination stagnates — which might be true, but blissfully Παπαρούνα - Ελένη Βιτάλη - Ελένη Βιτάλη-CD4 out socio-economic factors, like the gradual kudzu creep of 'luxury' apartments choking out affordable housing.
Still, if a casual fan had to choose one album or the other Back Into It - Islands - Should I Remain Here At Sea?/Tastegiven the price of physical merch these days, Islands do force the listener with a budget to chooseShould I Remain… is the no-brainer. The main problem — just like on previous album, Ski Mask - is Thorburn himself, who at any given time could be swapped out for one of a thousand other indie frontmen from the Noughties and not be missed.
The abrupt squeal on schmaltzy blues of 'Christmas Tree' disrupts, at least. Better some semblance of existential rebellion than the stilted alternative of Taste. Islands can claim artistic intent all they wish. But given the fundamental similarity and uneven quality between the two albums, this dual release seems like a veiled grab for attention or money, or both.
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