DOWNLOAD: Islands - "This Is Not A Song" (MP3)

Nick on stage with Mister Heavenly @ Subterranean (more by John Yingling)

Islands are set to release their new LP, A Sleep & A Forgetting, on February 14th via Anti- Records. Download the album's lead single, "This Is Not A Song," at the top of this post and check out a video for it below.

The new album offers all the shimmering sonic textures and irresistible melodies that have come to define Islands enduring appeal, but there is a deeply personal cathartic undercurrent to the songs. "The sound is really my interpretation of soul music," [frontman Nick] Thorburn offers. "I mean, I'm a white kid from Canada so it's gonna be very warped. But that's where my head was at, that particular way of dealing with themes of pain and heartbreak." [Anti-]

The band, which now features Luc Laurent of the defunct Pepper Rabbit on drums, played a lone CMJ show where they debuted new material and a second NYC date in late-October. In support of A Sleep & A Forgetting, they'll visit Chicago on March 1st to headline Lincoln Hall. Tickets go on sale this Friday (1/13), at noon CST.

Fanfarlo @ Glasslands in October (BKLYN) (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Speaking of freshly announced March shows at Lincoln Hall, Fanfarlo will play the venue on the 28th of the month. Their sophomore LP, Rooms Filled of Light, is due out on February 28th via Warner Music Group. Check out a video for the album track "Shiny Things," below. Check out a limited edition box set they've put together, HERE. Tickets go on sale next Friday (1/20), at noon CST.

All known 2012 dates and music videos from both bands, below..

Islands - "This Is Not A Song"

05 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
06 New York, NY - Webster Hall
07 Washington, DC - U St. Music Hall
08 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
09 Chapel Hill, NC - Cat's Cradle
10 Atlanta, GA - Vinyl
13 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
14 Dallas, TX - The Loft
19 St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill
20 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
22 Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
23 Ann Arbor, MI - The Blind Pig
24 Toronto, ON - Mod Club
25 Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
27 Columbus, OH - Skully's
28 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
29 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
31 Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theatre
01 Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
03 Denver, CO - Bluebird
05 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
06 Boise, ID - Neurolux
07 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
09 Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore
10 Seattle, WA - Crocodile Café
17 San Francisco, CA - Slim's