Baby Island – Break the Lease

Break the Lease is Baby Island’s new album that dropped August 18th, 2017. It recalls their previous self-titled release in it’s carefree but philosophical tones and aesthetics. IMHO Baby Island (2012) is a classic album crafted as a vaguely psychedelic, more childlike indie-folk-pop album.

Break the Lease carries on Baby Island’s awesome tradition of extremely catchy tunes. One standout, “Tobacco” starts out “Do you smoke tobacco / do you have a fight? / Are you an asshole / who wanna parties everynight?” complete with punk rock chants repeating. Smokers start to wonder if they’re assholes too. As the song transitions into viola and whistling “Tobacco” moves into anthemic “All rise for the women in the children / Baby, baby, baby don’t you walk on me / I’ll be under the Christmas Tree.” Now smokers are pondering what exactly defines an asshole and how everyone they’ve met might fall into that category, or out. The track is introspective but upbeat, everything you want.

We’ve been anticipating this album since Baby Island and sideproject Memory Boys played The Know half-a-decade ago, and it fully delivers. Sharing members of indie stars LAKE, Eli Moore and Ashley Eriksson take a turn towards smoky and subdued, embracing stripped down concise song-writing. Break the Lease is also a powerful album, therapeutic and inspiring. Check out Break the Lease when you need to reflect on the meaning of life, or if you just want some great music to listen to.