Bands to Watch #206: Islet

By on Thursday, 24th March 2011 at 12:00 pm

Fancy some percussion-induced music? Look no further: Islet from Wales will definitely give you a minty fresh feeling about percussion-based music. This quartet were formed by four very talented multi-instrumentalists, Emma, Mark, AL and JT. They often switch their instruments around from song to song, thus creating an experimental sound. Three-quarters of the band play drums, so you should be able to tell from their songs that they’re pretty drums-orientated. In addition to their dislike of the internet (the band have been known to send around homemade publications by snail mail), the band is known for their amazing live set, which is not hard to imagine given their percussion-heavy sound.

Having released two mini albums, ‘Celebrate This Place’ and ‘Wimmy’, the band are now writing their debut full-length album. The first Islet song I’ve ever heard was ‘We Shall Visit’ (video below), from ‘Celebrate This Place’. At first, I found their genre a bit weird. But after you’ve given it another listen, you’ll just go “wow!” and be amazed by the band’s creativity and uniqueness. They are fun, and rather raw-sounding. None of their songs sound alike one another. Each of their tracks takes you on a journey of its own kind. To a certain extent, I think Islet have kind of created their own genre as they are rather hard to classify.


‘Holly’, one of my favourite Islet tracks, is extremely wild and somehow extreme. I t has a tinge of heavy metal essence in it, owing to the drums and the vocals. I especially adore the part after the break, at which time the whole song goes mental. Be warned though, this song is rather like marmite, you either love it or hate it. On the lesser extreme side sound-wise, ‘Ringerz’ is another great track by the band, not as heavy as ‘Holly’. With a rather subtle start, the track then is given more depth with the joining of various kinds of percussion. The video for this track is worth mentioning, with its real life animation featuring a lot of low-fi and slow-motion clips with bright colours. I enjoyed every second of the video as much as I do with the song.


Islet has been announced for Primavera in Spain and Bestival and will no doubt be gracing other stages this summer.

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