“Octopus” is out via Frenchkiss Records

London four-piece ISLAND returns with a hypnotic new single, “Octopus,” recorded in London last summer.

The song finds the band relinquishing their traditional self-production duties to collaborate with Mikko Gordon (Thom Yorke), resulting in the band experimenting with more elaborate production, introducing new instrumentation, textures, and recording techniques to expand and further hone in on their unique, mellow sound.

On the single, the band shares: “‘Octopus’ describes the feeling of looking back on rebellious teenage years from a time where an impulse to cause trouble has been replaced with new sentiments. It’s about the conflict felt as a musician between wanting to grow older and wiser and wanting to stay young, and it asks if we as a world are only interested in stories and whether normality is something to be desired. A world in which you might be persuaded to change yourself to fit in, like an octopus changes colour to adapt to its surroundings. The song ends by flirting with the idea of reverting back to old ways and getting back to making trouble.” 

“Octopus” is the follow up to the band’s 2019 EP, When We’re Still and 2018 debut album, Feels Like Air, which has already accumulated millions of plays across Spotify. Before the pandemic, ISLAND also quickly established themselves as one of the UK’s most exciting new live acts, having toured across the US, UK, and Europe, including stops at SXSW, Reading Festival, Bastille Sound, Truck Festival, and TRNSMT. While the band considers reverting to their old ways on “Octopus,” ISLAND’s new single is a sign the best is yet to come.

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