Review – Island in the Sky

EP: Island EP
Release Date: February 25, 2017
Genre: Alternative Rock

Island in the Sky released their new EP, Island EP on February 25, 2017.  The album features five new tracks, including the single “Phat.

When listening to the album initially, I was trying to pinpoint the similarities between other artists. The sound orchestrated a sense of familiarity.  Although it does not seem original in a first listen, the group manages to take their inspirations and compiles them into a very well-crafted 5 track package for your listening pleasures.  In Canadian Beats’ 2014 interview with the group, Island in the Sky described their music as, “Funky, rockin, and mellow, all at the same time. Music that will make you fly, to an Island in the Sky.” This holds very true.  The album has a mesh of sounds – both mellow and upbeat – that seem to go with any mood.

The lyrics are not so much the forefront for me.  Although good, it is the instrumentals that really help shape the songs vibes.  As the band stated, it has a bit of funk, rock, and mellowness.  It’s a cool combination. After throwing in the lyrics and vocals, they are simply the icing on top.  It’s not adding much to the core sound– but when added, it’s just a bonus (which is good, obviously).  My favourite tracks were “Phat” and “Sandman.”  It’s a very enjoyable listen.  I recommend checking out the recently released music video for “Phat” below.  If you enjoy the track, pick up a copy of the album at a show.

Connect with Islands In The Sky:

Hi Everyone! My name is Remington Fioraso. I am a graduate of the University of the Fraser Valley’s Bachelor of Arts program in Sociology, Anthropology, and Media and Communication Studies. Within my program, I focused on social media, learning about contemporary and classical sociological theory (Including Marx, Foucault, Bourdieu, and Durkheim), and communicating effectively in various modes and for different audiences (including oral communication, business communication, academic writing, entertainment media, and presentations utilizing visual media). Within my program, the question arose for many courses, “What is the relevance in the real world?” Stepping (temporarily) away from being in university, I gained an interest in Latin American development, social movements, and business. Sooner than later, I will be applying for post-grad programs to dive further into LA development and social movements to gain a theory-background in addition to a personal perspective onto the topics. In my free time, I love to travel, consume media, eat, listen to music, and write. Listening to music and writing led to my interest in working with Canadian Beats! I have been a part of the team since April 2014. A few of my personal highlights of interviews include ones with some of my favourite artists – Sumo Cyco, Madeline Merlo, and High Valley. Be sure to connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

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