New Islands.

Nick reports (at secretunicornsforum) that he has just finished recording the new Islands record. Jaime has returned to the band, at least as a studio drummer. Alden is still in his own world… somewhere in northern Canada. Jaime reports that he is “rocking out in the studio as only a modular synth, drum machine, jupiter 4, electric 12 string and hofner bass can.”

Nick is quoted in this Stereogum article that “It’s a new configuration in line-up, and it’s electronic-based, with plenty of drum machine and programming. It’s a very stripped down affair, with minimal instrumentation and sparse arrangements. This is not Arm’s Way II.”

I happened to like Arm’s Way, but the lack of synthesizer was a little disheartening. Anyway, I’m excited for this new record. No release date yet, but hopefully sometime this summer. Follow Nick on Twitter here.