Islet

Rhythmic alt-pop quartet Islet definitely sound like they’re having fun making music. With the same maximum-impact approach as Neon Indian or Toro Y Moi, their music is layered, harmonic and very easy to dance to. New album Released by the Movement, sees the band mine their more experimental seam, with a looser approach to songwriting and form. It was recorded with Stephen Black, aka Sweet Baboo. We caught up with them to hear more about their musical merry-making…

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 21 Aug 2013
  • min read
Rhythmic alt-pop quartet Islet definitely sound like they’re having fun making music. With the same maximum-impact approach as Neon Indian or Toro Y Moi, their music is layered, harmonic and very easy to dance to.

The Cardiff outfit are set to release album number two on 7 October through Shape Records, the label run by the band’s own Mark Thomas.

The new set, entitled Released by the Movement, sees the band mine their more experimental seam, with a looser approach to songwriting and form. It was recorded with Stephen Black, aka Sweet Baboo.

Off-the-wall taster EP Triangulation Station, featuring a remix from R. Seiliog and an Islet remix of Pinkunoizu, sets the agenda and is well worth digging out.

We caught up with the band to find out more about their musical merry-making…

We first started writing music because…
It’s provides a thrill like no other thing.

We have been making music since…
We were born - everyone makes music in some way.

Our music is…
Intense.

You'll like us if you listen to...
Your heart, not your head.

Our favourite venue is…
Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff.

Music is important because…
It excites, soothes and makes us jump around.

Our biggest inspiration is…
The weather.

Our dream collaboration would be…
We’d like to jam with Anna Meredith and maybe Spiral Stairs from Pavement.

To try us out, listen to our song…
Triangulation Station.

If we weren’t making music we’d be…
Updating our website.

In 10 years time we want to be...
Playing a festival somewhere we’ve not been yet, like Mexico.

http://www.isletislet.com/
http://www.shaperecords.co.uk/

Upcoming tour dates:
31 August - ArcTanGent Festival, Bristol
15 September - Festival Number 6, Portmeirion
27 September - Le Pub, Newport
05 October - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
12 October - Simple Things Festival, Colston Hall 2, Bristol
13 October - Audacious Art Experiment, Sheffield
14 October - Ruby Lounge, Manchester
15 October - Nice N Sleazy’s, Glasgow
16 October - Birthdays, London
17 October - The Hope, Brighton
18 October - Modern Art Oxford, Oxford
19 October - Octernal Festival, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
25 October - Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
26 October - Independent, Sunderland
27 October - Portland Arms, Cambridge