Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Album of the Week: Arm's Way / Islands

Arm's Way has been in some serious rotation at both N&UR offices for some time now. I'm pretty sure I'd be willing to follow Nick Diamonds on any musical journey he wished to take me on. The ex-Unicorns frontman is constantly working to outdo himself while remaining unique in his combination of quirkiness, creepiness and brilliance. His voice and style and difficult to replicate, and the latest release from Islands (the band's follow-up to 2006's Return to the Sea) is a worthy successor to the auteur's previous work. The quirks of past efforts remain, but Diamonds and co. seem to have been also keeping the dial tuned to classic rock radio - opening the record with a guitar riff that sounds straight out of "The Final Countdown" and re-constructing the Who's "A Quick One While He's Away" on "In the Rushes." In an era when records are starting to get shorter once again, Islands boldly go for length, with only two songs clocking in at under four minutes. One of those is current single, "Creeper," which may be the catchiest song ever about having a slasher in your house.

Video - "Creeper" (live)

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