Islands – The Arm (mp3 & tour dates)

Just about a week ago, Islands released Arm’s Way, the follow up to their 2005 debut Return To The Sea. What we have here is the title track from the album, as expected it’s a sprawling affair. Initially, it didn’t really appeal to me. I was turned off by the lack of sugary polish that coated the whole of Return To The Sea. This song is a little more distant and calculating, but like all things by Islands, they take time to grow on you. I forgot that initially I despised Return To The Sea as trashy and self indulgent. It took a handful of focused listens in order learn how to process the glory of Islands.

The same could be said for ‘Arm’s Way’, after a few times through the main melody seeped into my brain and I became a fan. I’ve yet to crack the rest of the album, but give it some time…

Islands – The Arm

Islands Abroad – Summer Tour

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 Vancouver, CA
Plaza Club @ 9:00 PM

Thursday, June 12, 2008 Seattle, WA US
Neumos @ 9:00 PM

Friday, June 13, 2008 Portland, OR US
Hawthorne Theater @ 9:00 PM

Saturday, June 14, 2008 Eugene, OR US
Broadway Bloc Party @ 9:00 PM

Monday, June 16, 2008 San Francisco, CA US
Bimbos 365 Club @ 9:00 PM

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 Los Angeles, CA US
Henry Fonda Theater @ 9:00 PM

Thursday, June 19, 2008 San Diego, CA US
Epicentre @ 9:00 PM

Friday, June 20, 2008 Tucson, AZ US
Club Congress @ 9:00 PM

Saturday, June 21, 2008 Phoenix, AZ US
Club House @ 9:00 PM

Monday, June 23, 2008 Austin, TX US
Emos @ 9:00 PM

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 Dallas, TX US
Granada Theater @ 9:00 PM

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 Houston, TX US
Walters on Washington @ 9:00 PM

Thursday, June 26, 2008 Baton Rouge, LA US
Chelseas @ 9:00 PM

Friday, June 27, 2008 Atlanta, GA US
Masquerade @ 7:00 PM

Saturday, June 28, 2008 Charlotte, NC US
Neighborhood Theatre @ 9:00 PM

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