ISLAND – ” Yesterday Park “

Posted: July 14, 2022 in MUSIC

Still feels so good to finally have our second record out in the world. Thanks for all the kind messages of love & support, and for blasting the album wherever you are in the world.

Yesterday Park” is Island’s first new material since 2019 and has seen them already rack up millions of streams as well as earning plaudits from a vast array of publications including American Songwriter, Gigwise, Clash, DIY, The Independent, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2 and more.

Alongside the release of the album, the band have also shared the final single titled “By Your Side”. As with all of the recent songs, the new anthemic ballad sees the band lean further into a theme of nostalgia that is at once poignant and sanguine, combining wistful and passionate vocals with deceptively intricate instrumentation that is at once hook-driven and dynamically expansive.

Speaking about the single, the band says, “‘By Your Side’ is a song about that messy world of relationships and close friendships. Sometimes complicated times call for simple songs, and ‘By Your Side’ is one of those.”

Yesterday Park” covers a number of themes, but at its core, it is rooted in the band members’ formative memories. When writing the record, Island considered how their understanding of past experiences had shifted through the many different retrospective lenses they have. Questioning and tackling the complexities of modern life, the band aims to capture that feeling of looking back and finding the beauty in those simple moments that exist as silver-linings.

Island had the majority of the album written just before lockdown in March last year, but, since taking that enforced pause, the songs have grown to take on new significance for them. Speaking on the album, the band go on to say, “Nostalgia is a feeling that has become more relevant for everyone in the last year, with more time and space to reflect on past experiences.”

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