"Two years in the making, Isles expands on the artful energy of Bicep's 2018 self-titled debut, while digging deeper into the sounds, experiences and emotions that have influenced their lives and work, from early days in Belfast to their move to London a decade ago. Isles is, in part, a meditation on these contradictions, the struggle between the expansive and the introspective, isolation and euphoria. ‘Saku’s two step polyrhythms and Clara La San’s honey-sweet vocals feint toward UK Garage before diving, chest-first, into cosmic synths. Like 90’s RnB channelled through peak John Carpenter, it’s a track that demands, and rewards, multiple listens, suffused with the melancholic undercurrent that gives Isles its cathartic punch. ‘Cazenove’, another standout, pairs pitch-shifted choral elements with moody pizzicato strings and rave synths, combining to form a slowly building retro-futurist soundscape, Studio Ghibli one moment, Studio 54 the next." - Ninja Tune
- purple colored triple vinyl pressing
- deluxe edition w/ exclusive bonus tracks 'Siena,' 'Meli (I)' + 'Light'
- housed in full color gatefold jacket
- limited edition
- original release year: 2021
- music label: Ninja Tune 2022