In addition to being a magnificently passive-aggressive way to wreak vengeance upon an ex, releasing a breakup album on Valentine's Day is guaranteed to garner some press. Especially an album made by Islands shape-shifter Nick Thorburn. Over the course of four albums and frequent personnel changes, the only consistent thing about Islands has been Thorburn's unwillingness to embrace a specific sound or style, skipping among synth-pop and various flavors of indie. A Sleep & A Forgetting
was allegedly written with only the aid of a piano and heartbreak. This could be why it's the best Islands record to date, with an overarching mood of intimate authenticity rather than unfocused experimentation. And with a garage-pop aesthetic, it's certainly not a downer. The lyrics do tend to be about having your heart ripped out, but the hooks feel like pure sunshine. RW Also see My, What a Busy Week!