Playful and original, Island of Dreams is the brainchild of Josh McIlvain, renowned New York/Philly singer/songwriter. The songs are sophisticated, dramatic and smart, with lyrics to match—moods better suited to an Updike novel than a pop record. And while McIlvain's voice is eerily reminiscent of Steve Perry's (anybody remember Cherry Poppin' Daddies?) and by no means gorgeous, he genuinely sings the crap out of the tunes, and the almost mocking quality of his voice will strike a strong chord with the embittered wise man in every listener.
--Kevin Keating, Origivation Magazine, April, 2006
released October 1, 2005
Josh McIlvain, vocals and guitar; Bruce Langfeld, bass, banjo, lap steel; Elisa Steingruebner, drums; Tim Cohan, computers, keys; Sam McIlvain, guitar; Andy Fitzpatrick, piano, bck vocals; Sarah Crocker, violin; Mike Viola, guitar; Joanne Rhoden, trumpet; Mike Suehley, bck vocals; Yumi Segawa, bck vocals.
Tracks recorded at Hoex Studios, Albany, NY, engineered by Tim Cohan and Dave Reynolds, additional tracks recorded at mh studios, Brooklyn, NY, engineered by Tim Cohan except piano tracks recorded at Andy’s apartment by Andy himself. All songs mixed by Tim Cohan except Life of Al mixed by Eishi Segawa and Tim Cohan.