Sunday, December 15, 2013

Top 20 Song 2013: Islands - Becoming the Gunship


Islands, the Canadian art-poppers led by former Unicorn Nick Thorburn, are preparing to unleash their new album Ski Mask upon the world. The first single they shared was the lush but twitchy “Wave Forms,” and now they’ve got another one called “Becoming The Gunship,” a title that Thorburn claims came to him in a dream. The song is a slow, sweeping, assured ballad with a poised and powerful lead vocal from Thorburn, who seems to be getting better as a singer all the time.


When it was dark
I was a question mark,
Becoming the gunship. wooh oh oh ooh
I had a heart, but it was thorn apart
Now, I'm the gunship.

Run away
Runs away
You don't wanna be here
When I hit 'em all.

Unlike the wealth that doesn't know itself
I am a bird that doesn't fly.
I lost desire to whom my file
I am the gunship.

Run away
Runs away
You don't wanna be here
When I hit 'em all.

When it was dark I was question mark,
Becoming the gunship.
I couldn't stop,
Had no control to turn it off.
I was the gunship. I am the gunship.
Will be the gunship, becoming the gunship

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