After a summer of writing and recording, London-formed indie four-piece ISLAND welcome in first new material from their forthcoming debut album. In keeping with the band’s poetic style and well-versed emotive songwriting, ‘Try’ exudes an irresistibly hypnotic aura that fluxes throughout your mind, body, and soul.
The mesmeric single starts off with a gentle, melodic beat that pursues throughout the entirety of the song. The soothingly sensuous, and sultry vocals of lead singer Rollo Doherty then materialise, framing the track with even more beauty. As the tune is then taken up a notch with the introduction of a beatific drum and bass line, the track reveals a more energetic feel, whilst still prevailing a tranquil and relaxing overall spirit. The song expresses the allures, vulnerabilities, and if not slightly heartbreaking struggles of a love that once came so easily, now requiring more efforts of ‘trying’ for it to remain intact.
Accompanying the new single is a cinematic video inspired by the short film ‘Ten Meter Board,’ directed by Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck, in which it sees a gathering of uniquely shaped people diving off of a ten meter board into a swimming pool full of water. Not only is this video important as homage to the power of a great idea, but through the subtlety of film-making and thought-provoking subject matter, themes of body image and facing fears are also addressed.
With a consistency for producing music of this calibre, ISLAND are definitely a band to keep sight of.
The new single ‘Try’ is out now via Frenchkiss Records – available on iTunes here.