I'm an Island is the brainchild of J. Gardner -- talented multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and food truck entrepreneur.
In April 2014, Earmilk premiered a track off of his debut EP Crown Jewel -- an intriguing first effort that drew hints of inspiration from Devendra Banhart and Chad VanGaalen, winning praise from Indie Shuffle, CMJ, Consequence of Sound, and NYLON for its serene and sophisticated, dreamy take on indie/psych-pop. "Keep an eye on I'm an Island," Earmilk said. "A bright future [is] ahead."
Today Consequence of Sound is premiering the entire A-side of I'm an Island's debut full length Bored Days, Old Years, that, much like his debut EP, was recorded in Gardner's bedroom in Nashville, where he relocated (from New Orleans) in early 2014. "Bored Days sounds like Gardner at his most intimate," CoS writes.
> Premiere: Bored Days, Old Years (Side A) at CoS
As Gardner settled into his new home and began work on his debut full length with four new band-members, themes of settling into adulthood and struggling with complacency emerged:
"A lot of [the album] addresses how I really feel like I'm getting older, but I still struggle with the monotony of boredom and loneliness... A lot of stuff that I felt as an adolescent, stuff that I felt would magically disappear once got older, are still things I feel and struggle with as an adult."
But Bored Days, Old Years has a softness. There's a positivity to each song even when the subject matter is bleak, like if Trevor Powers (Youth Lagoon) and Mac DeMarco were to write and co-produce an album together. Each song on the record is impressive on its own, but the sum is greater than its parts -- it's meant to be listened to in full. "The album is definitely intentionally fluid. I wouldn't call it a concept album, but it flows," Gardner says.
Bored Days, Old Years will be released in 2016.