The Broken Islands are a Vancouver, Canada based sextet who meld elements of ambient pop, shoegaze, post-rock, post-punk, trip-hop and dark wave to create their own distinct sound. With crashing guitars and delicate sounding keyboards weaving around swooning, siren-like vocals, the band’s songs can sound at times like an otherworldly sonic experience while still being packed with emotion and moments of tenderness.

A well received debut album entitled ‘Wars’ was released in the autumn of 2017, with a follow up, ‘Masquerade’, due out in the spring of 2020. ‘Highlife’ is the second single to be taken from the new record and follows ‘Solid State’, which was issued in May 2019 to coincide with UK dates.

Explaining the subject matter of ‘Highlife’, bassist Stephen Cameron says: “No one chooses to be lonely. We all crave the rawness of pure love, the beauty of affection and the genuine acceptance of a companion. We are all complicated and wild-minded, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to truly fall in deep love with someone who understands us? For some, including myself, we lose faith in the fairytale of it actually happening. Failed relationships, deserted hearts, abandoned feelings, desolate nights….’Highlife’ is about finally finding that special someone, and being so incredibly scared of losing them at the same time. You’re so used to being lonely, then magic strikes, you find the one, and the thought of losing them makes you wonder if falling in love was even worth it in the first place. Well it is worth it, and this is a love song.” 

Like its predecessor, ‘Masquerade’ has been produced and mixed by Dave ‘Rave’ Ogilvie, who is best known for his work with industrial music titans such as Nine Inch Nails, Ministry and Skinny Puppy and was the perfect choice to harness the many influences that constitute the sound of The Broken Islands.


Stephen Cameron – bass

Rachelle Boily – vocals

Kurtis Sheldan – guitar

Rachel Ashmore – keyboards

Mitchell Williams – drums

Cameron Hartl – guitar