Islet’s new album ‘Soft Fascination’ is out now

Soft Fascination  is a wild excursion into the latest incarnation of this ever-changing Islet; an assurgent album infused with hope and beauty.

With the return of founding member JT they’re a quartet again, they’ve developed their definition and re-focussed their vision with a breath-taking new album, Soft Fascination.

Here the band members commit to one instrument each and this fixing of roles is a shiny new consistency for the band who have previously switched instruments. “This iteration of Islet with JT on the drums is one of my favourites and was just what we needed; a new discipline and focus. We wrote quickly, improvising together. The coming together of the four of us in one room, to play live and loud, was so important! It felt magical.” says vocalist and bassist Emma.

Self-produced and with the instrumentals recorded live with few overdubs the effect is direct, in your face and immediate. Recorded & mixed by Joy Stacey and mastered by Katie Tavini, this is a record of now. There’s a grit that brings the band closer to a spiky punk energy than they’ve ever got before.

‘Soft Fascination’ is out 29th September. Available in Limited Edition Clear Vinyl & CD.

29 Sep: Rough Trade, Bristol, UK
30 Sep: Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff, UK
04 Oct: The Lexington, London, UK
14 Oct: The Globe, Hay-on-Wye, UK
25 Nov: Cwrw, Carmarthen, UK


Islet Artist Page

Islet ‘Soft Fascination’



An album of two halves.. it’s a clattering rush of snappy euphoria fuelled by Thomas’ percussion overlaid with Emma Daman Thomas’ languid, echoey voice… krautrock pulses and Liz Fraser-esque vocal layering.


Islet are truly defiant with their psych-indebted wanderings occupying a singular realm


Playful but grounded, with a glistening synth backing

Brooklyn Vegan

A steady-but-mercurial force… Sounding like Cate Le Bon fronting a math rock band... glorious

Beats Per Minute

Islet are sonic adventurers who we want to follow into the unknown.

God Is In The TV Zine

Groovy and spooky, good that isn’t it!

Tom Ravenscroft, BBC6 Music

Wonderful band

Huw Stephens, BBC Radio Wales


Rock & Folk

Psychedelic pop shapeshifters, Islet have an overarching, eclectic vision for music... frenetic and breathless before settling into a sparse, atmospheric second side.

Norman Records

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