Ices is the third full length album from Lia Ices and the first that I've checked out. I ran across "Thousand Eyes" earlier this week when I was in the mood for some groovy female vocals and this record absolutely hit the spot. I'll have to take a deeper dive into the rest of her catalog very soon.
Sometimes you just have to be in the right mood to connect with certain records. A few months ago, I listened to "Good Advice," the first single from The Growlers' recently released, Chinese Fountain, but it didn't stick. It wasn't until I revisited the whole record this week that something clicked and with each subsequent listen, I liked it more and more. By no means is "Dull Boy" a single, but when I crossed it again today, I couldn't resist making it the tune I'd share.
Speaking of mood music, this new tune from the Danish band, Iceage, accomplished a strange feat. Whereas some music will grow on me over repeated listens, this song grew on me over its 3:28 duration. As I was sampling new releases, I nearly skipped this after about 30 seconds, but for some reason I couldn't turn it off. By the end, I was categorizing them with another one of my favorite singles earlier this year, "Habit" by Ought. There's something so infectious and appealing about vocals that practically drip from your speakers. I don't know, maybe it's just me. You be the judge.
Just when I was ready to call it quits this week on new tunes, my friend and former roommate, Kylie, shared a Viet Cong track with me from their debut EP, Cassette. The album cover and band name looked strangely familiar, although I didn't recall listening to Cassette this summer upon its release. As it turns out, a couple of its members used to be in a rad band called Women and they also play with Chad VanGaalen, whose new album, Shrink Dust, I absolutely love. They're planning to debut a proper full length record on January 20, 2015. This tune is from that forthcoming record. Thanks, Kylie!
WEEKENDER // Sondre Lerche // Foxygen
I'm overdue for a getaway, which is why I'm taking in a double-header this weekend in Minneapolis. I'm going to a couple of shows with some rad people. On Friday, I'm heading to the Turf Club to see Sondre Lerche for the first time, ten years after my friends introduced me to Two Way Monologue. The best part is, I get to see the show with one of the friends who introduced me to the record. It should be a nostalgic trip. And on Saturday, we're popping by the Fine Line to check out Foxygen, who just released the psychedelic ...And Star Power. I'm looking forward to witnessing their spectacle live as long as it doesn't yield the same results as their last trip to Minneapolis. Something tells me they'll be just fine.