Wake Island


Wake Island is an electronic duo formed by Lebanese musicians Philippe Manasseh and Nadim Maghzal and based in Montreal and New York City. The band fearlessly blends electronic dance music with indie rock songwriting to create a positive, uplifting experience. Their new album, OUT, was mostly self-recorded in isolated cabins across the Quebec Eastern Townships and mixed at Montreal's Breakglass Studios with Jace Lasek (Suuns, Wolf Parade). Through this beautiful and eclectic collection of songs, the band encourages us to stay positive and to open up to the world around us. OUT came out on April 30th through Oh Hi, an artist collective they co-founded in Montreal. Their live show echoes bands like Caribou, Moderat and Beach House and is sure to elevate your spirit and make you dance.


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Wake Island Performing Live at Laylit (Ottawa)

Wake Island will be performing LIVE at Laylit!

Join them at the Arts Court and the Ottawa Art Gallery in Ottawa, Canada on December 10th, 2022 at 4:00 PM.

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Wake Island performing LIVE at Laylit

Wake Island will be performing LIVE at Laylit!

Join them at Elsewhere Space in New York City, USA on November 11th, 2022 at 11:30 PM.

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Saphe Shamoun and Wake Island's Event 'Laylit' is Featured in the New York Times

“Laylit, or “the night of” in Arabic, is a party based in New York and Montreal that spotlights music from the Middle East and North Africa and its diaspora.”


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Wake Island Receives 10/10 Review of "Born to Leave"

Congratulations to Wake Island for acheiving a rare 10/10 in CULTMTL's review of their second album, "Born to Leave." Check out the review here, and the album on streaming platforms or Bandcamp!

New Album from Wake Island

Wake Island's new album, "Born To Leave" is out now! Find it here on all streaming platforms, Bandcamp or through their website

Wake Island Release "Sentimental Animals" EP

A response to these troubled times, it's a fascinating piece of work. Philippe Manasseh explains:

"I've been thinking a lot lately of how far we've gone as a species from our animal nature. I crave it more and more, the animal side of being human. We're over-thinking everything, and getting into minutia of things, all the while forgetting that at the end of the day, we are part of nature and that nature is chaos and beauty and violence. Not that we need to revert to a savage state, but I think that embracing chaos a little bit more can make us more happy and fulfilled."

"We have to resist the urge to intellectualise everything and rely on our feelings and instincts from time to time. This can be very helpful in today's political and social climates, where everyone is being scrutinized and judged and censored."