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Hamburg is dark at night. When we meet Islands at the Knust venue in the evening before their show the nice spots around are all either too dark or too loud for recording our session with the now Los-Angeles based Canadians. So we embark on a nightly excursion and take the metro to Landungsbrücken, Hamburg’s touristy hot-spot but also a great place for watching the lights of the city at night. Singer Nick and his bandmates jokingly explore the busy riverside, spot free-running rabbits and eventually climb up the stairs to Hotel Hafen Hamburg, a former sailor’s home allowing a beautiful outlook over the river Elbe. With this backdrop Islands head into a beautiful, melancholic and bluesy version of “Lonely Love” from their recent album “A Sleep & A Forgetting”.