‘Leaving Island Time’ is the latest single from Sir Bobby Jukebox’s second album In the Organ Loft at Midnight and Joyzine has the pleasure of giving our readers a listen ahead of its official release on 11 July.
The track is quirky and catchy and jam-packed with a great sense of fun. It’s part fairground whimsy smooshed together with pub piano, bouncy synth-bass and Sir Bobby’s mellow, but scuffed, vocals roller-skating through the slalom course of the mix. Likewise, the video is playful and full of fun. It’s like an episode of The Monkees TV series mixed up with Jaws set on an island full of mystery, intrigue, a lighthouse central to the action, outdoor toilets, a runaway ram and it’s all filmed in wonderfully queasy retro 4:3 VHS tape glory.
Bobby says that the song “is about nostalgia, nightmares, displacement, temporality, longing, authenticity, artificiality, the negative impact of tourism, the joy of a good holiday, the quest for contentment, and the mundane comfort of the everyday. The video brings all of these themes together in a hallucinatory tribute to classic Australian TV show ‘Round the Twist’ – in the vein of that weird 90s trend of ridiculous movie tie-in videos.”
Listening to ‘Leaving Island Time’ is a great way to combat the Monday malaise with a healthy dose of idiosyncrasy to boost your immune system against the working week.
Review by Paul F Cook