For fans of The Smittens, Summer Cats, Let’s Whisper, The Magnetic Fields. Formed in spring of 2007, One Happy Island is a ramshackle indie-pop mini-orchestra disciplined enough to keep it together most of the time, and honest enough to just let it all fall apart when the moment warrants. Their evolving arsenal includes bittersweet songs, awkward banter, jangly guitars, shaky trumpet, tiny percussion instruments, rough-hewed boy/girl harmonies, and a palpable sense of joy. Since first getting together in Boston, One Happy Island have released three well-received EPs, the latter two on the UK-based WeePop! Records imprint, now all gathered on the limited-edition anthology Maptacks. Summer 2010 marks the release of their self-titled debut album on London's Odd box Records label. ONE HAPPY ISLAND is an ambitious and colourful collection, building on the band's prior endeavours with everything from autumnal, orchestral ruminations to Farfisa-fired garage-pop -- without ever losing the sense of wonder and fun that first inspired them to crawl out of their basement. The band are aiming to do a UK/European summer tour in support of their LP and last year they completed to a packed audience at the Indietracks festival. They have already been confirmed for this year New York Popfest .
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