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6th March 2020 / CD or LP / Fire Records



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A Powys trio whose free-spirited invention and exuberant intensity flows through experimental pop: hypnotic, exhilarating and defiantly unique. The Welsh band Islet return with the release of their long-awaited new album.

+ Limited Edition Indie LP is pressed on neon orange coloured vinyl and housed in a die-cut sleeve.

'Eyelet' was recorded at home tucked away in the hills of rural Mid Wales. It took form the months following the birth of band members Emma and Mark Daman Thomas’ second child and the death of fellow band member Alex Williams’ mother. Alex came to live with Emma and Mark, and the band enlisted Rob Jones (Pictish Trail, Charles Watson) to produce.

‘Caterpillar’ described by Emma as “a song for my unborn child”. It's followed by syncopated lullaby ‘Good Grief’ with its haunting keyboard hook and icy percussion thawed by Emma’s yearning vocals about the quiet strength of generations of women. With nods towards Arthur Russell and Jenny Hval, ‘Geese’ is a mini symphony of driven electronica inspired by Welsh cultural theorist Raymond Williams’ novel People Of The Black Mountains.

Young Fathers inflected rhythm can be heard on ‘Radel 10’ that accompanies the multi-tracked variations of Emma and defiant lyrics that were inspired in part by The Good Immigrant - the landmark anthology of essays on race and immigration by BAME writers.

“They invigorate the sense of life on the margins with this whirlwind of psychedelic pop.” - The Guardian.
“Unhinged, euphoric, wonderful.” - Pitchfork.
“They create an ideology that fuels creativity.” - The Quietus.

+ LP format includes download code.

A1. Caterpillar
A2. Good Grief
A3. Treasure
A4. Geese
A5. Sgwylfa Rock

B1. Radel 10
B2. Clouds
B3. Florist
B4. Moon
B5. No Host
B6. Gyratory Circus

Format /CD or LP
Released /6th March 2020
Catalogue / FIRELP570X
Barcode / 809236157072
Artist / Islet
Label /Fire Records
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