ALBUM: Island Universe by James & Blackburn

January 9, 2012 in Music, Ottawa, Toronto by Pop Drone

Island Universe (2011) by James & Blackburn

The Ottawa via Toronto’s alt-rock LP drops today in Canada and online.  The album has been described by a listener at the Indie Machine — where the James & Blackburn have been deemed artist of the month — as  “a mix of 90’s alt-rock with hints of folk and a sliver of prog for good measure.”  Ryan Stephenson Price’s review of Island Universe is a thorough read in which he describes the LP as “that weird record that falls into some strange genre-bending middle-ground that increasingly becomes more addictive each time you listen to it.”

NxEW.ca readers will recognize drummer Sébastien Button from a brief stint with fellow Canadians Hotshotcasino.

Island Universe can be streamed in it’s entirety here.

OTTAWA, ON – 19 Jan @ The Mercury Lounge w/ StillNative + Life in 2D
TORONTO, ON 20 Jan @ Rancho Relaxo w/ The Abbreviations + Rebel Rebel
KINGSTON, ON 21 Jan @ The Mansion w/ Beekeeper + Hue

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