The next wave of cascading beats, and lilting, offbeat alternative indie has arrived. Meet, ISLAND, one of Beatnik Creative’s latest signing.
There must be something in the Oxford water – or comma, in fact – as four friends Rollo Doherty (vocals, guitar), James Wolfe (bass guitar), Jack Raeder (guitar), and Toby Richards (drums) began various bands of the indie variety, before fine-tuning their sound, and starting to play shows earlier this year. Think Foals, early Arctic Monkeys, and immediately, the shoegazing, trip-hopping timbre of South East England springs to mind. Although now residing in London, the calibre of ISLAND isn’t a far cry from such bands. With ebbs and flows that spellbind, peak, and evolve, the four-piece create music that breathes range within its songs, and simply, just breathes.