Well, they almost made it. While the Unicorns’ “Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone” was a fantastic attempt at reinventing pop-song structure that band imploded under the pressure of constant touring and attention. Two of its members, Nick Diamonds and J’aime Tambeur, ventured off into Islands, a natural after-party linked to the Unicorns bash, with “Return to the Sea,” a record of constant melody and harmonies, and enough general oddness to make you feel warm and uncomfortable at the same time. Songs like the ten-minute opener “Swans (Life After Death)” and “Don’t Call Me Whitney, Bobby” are so opposite, it’s a wonder how the band keeps the record cohesive. Since then, however, drummer Tambeur has quit the band. Can’t these guys just get along? “Return to the Sea” is an impressive, inventive album, a fabulous first effort and the framework of what could become a great band. Let’s just hope they can keep this ship afloat. (Tom Lynch)
October 27 at Metro.