Today, London four-piece ISLAND return with their new single “Octopus” out via Frenchkiss Records. Recorded in semi-locked down London last summer, ISLAND’s new single sees the band relinquish their traditional self-production duties to collaborate with producer Mikko Gordon (Thom Yorke / Arcade Fire). The result is a single that sees the band experimenting with more complex production and introducing new textures, instrumentation and recording techniques to expand and further hone in on a sound that has been theirs since their inception.
Speaking about the single the band says, “‘Octopus’ describes the feeling of looking back on rebellious teenage years from a time where an impulse to cause trouble has been replaced with new sentiments. It’s about the conflict felt as a musician between wanting to grow older and wiser and wanting to stay young, and it asks if we as a world are only interested in stories, and whether normality is something to be desired. A world in which you might be persuaded to change yourself to fit in, like an octopus changes colour to adapt to its surroundings. The song ends by flirting with the idea of reverting back to old ways, and getting back to making trouble.” Stream/purchase “Octopus” here