Islands’ new LP Islomania is set to release on June 11th on Royal Mountain Records. “Carpenter” is the final preview of the LP. “Carpenter” is the third and final single from the indie band’s first album back after retiring in 2016, and follows the previously released “(We Like To) Do It With The Lights On” and “Set The Fairlight.”
A jangly, shimmering track that channels The Cure in moments with its layered guitars and synth lines, “Carpenter” has a more subdued and contemplative tone than the album’s first two singles, but flashes considerable dynamic depth and some engaging instrumental flourishes, which Thorburn credits to the work of the track’s producer Patrick Ford.
“This one was an early song that I demoed at home as a little throwaway,” Thorburn explains. “Unfinished, it sat on a folder on my computer collecting digital dust until I stumbled upon it many months later. I had completely forgotten about it and listening back, I was totally caught off guard. It sounded like I was singing someone else’s song. I was excited so I set about finishing it immediately. Once I’d tidied it up, I eventually brought it to producer Patrick Ford, who helped the band fine-tune the push and pull with regards to the quiet/loud sections. Lyrically it’s like a “woulda coulda shoulda” sliding doors-type imagining.”