The Island (Pendulum song)

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"The Island"
Pendulum Island.jpg
Single by Pendulum
from the album Immersion
  • 19 September 2010 (digital)
  • 20 September 2010 (CD)
  • 8 November 2010 (vinyl)
Recorded 2009–10
  • 33:29 (iTunes bundle)
  • 29:49 (CD single)
  • 14:27 (12" vinyl)
  • 11:43 (12" remixes vinyl)
  • Album versions:
    5:20 "The Island – Pt. I (Dawn)"
  • 4:09 "The Island – Pt. II (Dusk)"
Songwriter(s) Rob Swire
  • Rob Swire
  • Gareth McGrillen
Pendulum singles chronology
"The Island"
"The Island"

"The Island" is the third single from Australian drum and bass band Pendulum to be released from their third studio album, Immersion.[1] It was released on 19 September 2010. "The Island" is a song split into two parts; "Dawn" and "Dusk", with "Dawn" receiving the majority of radio airplay. In a recent interview, Swire stated that the premise of lyrics has to do with "two young lovers" and how they overcome adversity. The single includes remixes by DJ and record producer Tiësto, and by drum and bass DJ and record producer Lenzman. A Steve Angello, AN21 and Max Vangeli remix of the song was released as a digital single on 24 November 2010.[2] To promote the single, Pendulum also held a remix competition, releasing a free pack of remix stems taken from the "Dawn" part which was won by Madeon at the age of 16. The "Dusk" part uses a sample from Missy Elliott's "I'm Really Hot". Devin Townsend used the song as a structural basis for his song "Save Our Now" from his fifteenth studio album Epicloud.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the major formats and associated track listings of single releases of "The Island", written and produced by Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen.

iTunes bundle
No. Title Length
1. "The Island" 9:30
2. "The Island" (radio edit) 3:39
3. "The Island" (Tiësto remix) 6:45
4. "The Island" (Lenzman remix) 4:57
5. "The Island – Pt. II (Dusk)" (DJ edit) 4:57
6. "The Island – Pt. I (Dawn)" (music video) 3:40
Total length: 33:28
CD single
No. Title Length
1. "The Island" 9:30
2. "The Island" (radio edit) 3:39
3. "The Island" (Tiësto remix) 6:45
4. "The Island" (Lenzman remix) 4:57
Total length: 29:48
12" vinyl
No. Title Side Length
1. "The Island" A 9:30
2. "The Island – Pt. II (Dusk)" (DJ edit) AA 4:57
Total length: 14:27
12" vinyl (remixes)
No. Title Side Length
1. "The Island" (Tiësto remix) A 6:45
2. "The Island" (Lenzman remix) AA 4:57
Total length: 11:42

Chart performance[edit]

The song received moderate success, reaching number 41 in the UK Singles Chart.

Chart (2010) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[3] 41


"The Island" is credited to:

Pendulum members:

Other contributors:

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Part 1 – (Dawn)" was released to Pendulum's official YouTube page on 2 September 2010. It features a woman awaking on a desolate planet, disorientated and confused of her whereabouts. She then glimpses at another human across the wasteland and chases the person across the dead planet, until it is revealed at the end of the video that she is, in fact, chasing herself. The woman is in a time paradox, seeing, and chasing after versions of herself, who in turn, see and chase after her and so on. The woman wears clothes identical to those worn by the clones in the film The Island, and is shot in similar areas.

As of March 2016, the video has received over 7 million views.


The song has been met with very positive reception. A BBC review declared it "the absolute standout" of the album.[4] The band played it when they went on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, and the fan reception to it was overwhelming for the presenter, Fearne Cotton.


  1. ^ 'The Island' pre-order. Pendulum (13 August 2010). Retrieved on 13 August 2010.
  2. ^ Steve Angello, AN21 & Max Vangeli remix of ‘The Island’ out now. Pendulum (24 November 2010). Retrieved on 25 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Archive Chart: 2010-10-02" UK Singles Chart.
  4. ^ Immersion review at BBC. (21 May 2010). Retrieved on 20 July 2010.