Ideas of March

by The Island

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All songs written by Michael Abbey and Adam Klein

Michael Abbey - vox, bass
Adam Klein - vox, guitar, keyboards

Curtis Boysen - drums
Thomas Fagan - additional drums (track 7)
Cameron LeCrone - percussion (tracks 3 & 11)
Henry Myers - cello (track 3 & 4)

Engineered by The Island
Additional engineering by Ben Carver at Studio Media
Mixed by Adam Klein
Mastered by Carl Saff of Carl Saff Mastering

Art direction by The Island and Joaquin Verges
Art by Joaquin Verges

Liner notes:

Ideas of March slips into the subconscious like an assassin’s Caesarian knife - equal parts disruptive, shocking, transcendent. It is prudent to be wary when approaching the work of The Island, (brainchild of bassist Michael Abbey and multi-instrumentalist Adam Klein), as they will not guide you stylistically to a single answer. Connecting the dots in the maelstrom of influence for these artists is a bit like shooting an arrow during a hurricane - once loosed, it becomes impossible to predict the final destination of its flight.

Evoking equal parts Brian Wilson and Sun Ra, the kaleidoscope of timbres that present themselves on “Ideas of March” encapsulate a new era of artistic psychedelia. “Neigh” begins with Abbey’s persistent bass ostinato, layered with ethereal winds and punctuated by Blue Note-era drum samples, before disintegrating into a languished drone as much Terry Riley as Kevin Shields. “Pure Energy” features angelic vocal counterpoint reminiscent of “Pet Sounds” era Beach Boys, yet accented by the jagged angularity of Klein’s guitar motifs. The harp laden introduction of “You Are Free” begs comparison to the solo work of Noah Lennox, while retaining a sense of twisted-Hollywood nostalgia totally its own.

The influence of the avant-garde (in particular linear jazz visionary Alice Coltrane) abounds in the record. “Canopy”, “Ideas of March”, and “The Engagement Rocks” exist in a bipolarity between Neu!-era Krautrock and the abandon of modal Miles Davis. Simultaneously mechanical and organic, the contradiction of styles creates a soundscape both timeless and transient. “Dennis Wilson” (a blatant nod to 60’s sunshine pop) features the most traditional song structure of the album, while still retaining a fervent dedication to mechanical percussion. “Someway” follows suit and manages to squeeze moments of total formal abandon within it’s concise running time. “But More So” is an all out rhythmic assault, utilizing production methods evocative of Reich’s “Piano Phase.”

- Cameron LeCrone


released November 17, 2015

Pure Energy:

Low to the ground
Go to the shore

You Are Free:

It’s more than stoned
My own tide above me
I’ve never felt this way
It surrounds me in bed
It’s more than stoned


Lightly, on these leaves, I walk this hot scene

The Engagement Rocks:

I feel clean at the painted rocks
White is the sheen that covers the blanket water
And I go back and forth between those two states
Throw in the guitars

Morning Weightlessness:

Private events to see
Truly appalling
Fighting free from autumn
Women enduring


Pain is just a way to be
I don’t know how to accept pleasure
It’s my cool

Dennis Wilson:

The fountain, Youth
Flows through a natural abuse
Through their amends one can come through
Caught on the slopes of Vermont
The fountain, Youth
National Forest


Did the show make you feel like yourself or a college student?
Do you care?
I want to show you the way
But I don’t know what I’d say
Was the show great or good enough to make you feel like a college student?

But More So:

Loved One
A day to start
Early mornings are at Dawn
A few minutes to rest
But I’ll be sitting up
Come down
A day to start
Burly, a nose is waiting
Look out the windows


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Michael Abbey and Klein, two composer/producers from Chicago IL and New York NY.

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