Label: Shape Release date: 11/10/10 Link: Website The best bands are always the bands that can win you over live in my opinion. And that is exactly what happened with Islet. Since reviewing their first EP for this lovely site earlier this year, I saw them play at Latitude, bought their debut EP and spread the word of Islet. When I reviewed them first time round, I thought it was a bit weird that two random people were so inspired by this band – who, at the time, had released nothing – that they created a fansite. That sort of adoration takes years for most bands to build, and Islet had managed it within months. However, having seen their live shows, and having allowed Celebrate This Place to grow on me, I soon understood. Here we have a band comprised of four very individual musical savants, none more important than the other, and all influenced by such diverse tastes, and all bringing absolutely everything they could to both the live show and the sound. There, in front of me as I watched their opening song at Latitude with my brother and 9 other people (I counted) were 4 people so possessed by the music and what the music meant that you could not help but become engaged and entranced. Every song was played like it was the last song of a dying great band; every note had so much passion in it that you thought that it could not last. But every single song was played like that, and even when the stage cut the power as they went over their set, they continued playing and shouting to the massive crowd that had arrived, caught up in the music and the joy of playing so much that it seemed like they hadn’t noticed that they weren’t coming through the speakers any more. But enough of them being the best live act in the UK right now (no questions), and on to the music on the EP itself. Celebrate This Place was one of the most perfectly different and odd pieces of music that came out of this summer, and Wimmy is certainly trying to be the most out there EP of Autumn. From the word go, we get the same wild, shape shifting Islet that we all fell in love with – a liquid track that moves from a Black Dice sounding loop into an erratic but skilled drumbeat, and into faded out vocals and break downs in the drum beat. Considering the first 2 minutes of this are carried off almost entirely by drums and vocals (without the whole Wildbirds and Peacedrums “Look at us, we’re arty” feel) shows the talent of this band. And as the song builds up and through and into a noisy crescendo, it fractures and breaks into shouting and gives the perfect introduction to an album that will, of course, surprise you at every opportunity. This cacophony calls itself ‘Powys’ and serves as a warning of what’s to come. As the album moves on through its 6 tracks, we are given the impression that it's both rushed in its creation, but well thought out in its delivery and production. We have an EP that appears to be created in a haze of a weeklong jam session, people doing what they want, exploring every area and point in their instruments to create songs that are amazing fun to listen to, but make little sense. However, it’s when you listen to these songs over and over and over again that you realise and discover the tightness of the instruments, the way the sew together without a gap, how every drop and build and movement is done with so much precision and accuracy that it couldn’t be done by accident, it couldn’t be casual. It sounds like every instrument is played by one person; each song sounds as if it was made by a collective conscious, not a group of four musicians from Wales. Stylistically, it’s really an extension from Celebrate.... It retains the anarchy and almost jazzy way it changes pace and movement, but adds a bit more production and a few more effects to it. It keeps the signature Islet feel – this is the band that uses disorder to create order, the band that uses atonality to create sense – but adds and develops. It’s only been a few months since their last EP, but I hope like anything it won’t be as long until their next. Photobucket