Islands / Brazos
Monday, Oct 14, 2013 9:30 PM CDT
(8:30 PM Doors)
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
On the first track from ISLANDS' new album—the winsome, tropicalia-inflected "Wave Forms"—front man NICK THORBURN opens the record by singing, "I won’t ride another wave and I won’t write another word after today.: In light of the rest of the album, the statement is both an admonition and a kind of warning. Ski Mask, the band's fifth album, is equal parts beauty and venom; an album that percolates with the kind of polymorphous pop and hooky, left-of-center rock songs that have long been the band's stock and trade. This time around, however, the artful indie-pop comes with a decidedly melancholy punch, fueled by anger and unrest that lead ISLANDS to their most sonically diverse album yet. MARTIN CRANE, the man behind BRAZOS, is a restless, yearning, young musical adventurer who balances raging power with a lovely articulation of deep feelings. BRAZOS's new album, Saltwater, released earlier this year on Dead Ocean, is a warm and soothing blend of buoyant, expansive pop, with an astonishingly sure hand of craftsmanship.