La band di Copenaghen, Iceage – Elias Bender R?nnenfelt (voce e testi), Jakob Tvilling Pless (basso), Dan Kj?r Nielsen (batteria), and Johan Wieth (chitarra) – annuncia il quarto album Beyondless, in uscita il 04 maggio su Matador Records. Dopo il ritorno del mese scorso con il singolo “Catch It”, oggi la band condivide il nuovo brano “Pain Killer”, con la partecipazione di Sky Ferreira (la primo cantante ad essere ospite in un album degli Iceage).
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La band annuncia inoltre le residency di marzo a New York e Los Angeles e le date live in? Giappone ad aprile, seguite dal tour Europeo e Americano, che li vedrà protagonisti tra maggio e giugno.
Beyondless diffonde goia. è un album che mostra gli Iceage raggiungere finalmente le loro ambizioni, mantenendo il carattere sfacciato degli inizi. è importante fare attenzione al viaggio che li ha portati a questo nuovo album: dal post-punk giovanile di New Brigade del 2011 all’estasi di You’re Nothing del 2013 che porta più verso la luce le influenze hardcore più aggressive, tendenza poi seguita in Plowing Into The Field Of Love del 2014.
Beyondless è stato prodotto dalla band e da Nis Bysted, registrato in analogico da Mattias Glav? al Kungsten Studio di G?teborg, Svezia e mixato da Randall Dunn all’ Avast Studio di Seattle. L’album è stato suonato interamente dagli Iceage, con la partecipazione di Nils Gr?ndhal (violino), Kasper Tranberg (tromba), Lars Greve (sassofono) e Morten Jessen (trombone).
Leggi qui sotto il saggio di Richard Hell su Beyondless.
?THE NEW ICEAGE
by Richard Hell
I can totally imagine myself as a kid lying in my closed-door room in the dark, listening to this band and getting what I need, the way a band can make a person feel seen and bring confidence, sometimes even represent an ideal. Or maybe I’m already all defiant and self-certain, and I identify with Iceage because they are too, and they’re who I want to represent me in music. It’s a weird combination of qualities that a rock and roll band and their recordings presents to their young crowd, imparts to them. The music being pure emotion, the strong emotions of youth—anger, sadness, contempt, longing—as well as energy and sex, and the band’s demonstration that it gracefully owns and provides those things, consoling their followers in all the confusion.
What is it that Iceage in particular brings? A large number of extraordinary things. (Poetry! But more about that later.) The band members were childhood friends, which is always good news.? They’re like a small urban gang, faithful to each other, suspicious of outsiders (of which music journalists like me are the most suspect examples). At the same time, they seem mature and competent, which is almost too much to hope for. They not only play and compose well, but the production of their records, from the very beginning, and at the music’s most chaotic, is impeccable. Their presentation is as hardcore anarchic as any, but much better played, mixed, and recorded than most.
And then there’s the poetry and the intelligence. The members of Iceage are not only smart but hyper literate. Interviews with E. R?nnenfelt, the lead singer and lyricist of the band, find him mentioning Carson McCullers, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter; Georges Bataille, Story of the Eye; Peter Shaffer’s Equus; Mishima, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea; Genet’s Thief’s Journal and Miracle of the Rose; The Torture Garden by Octave Mirbeau; Henry Miller on Writing; and James Agee’s A Death in the Family, and that’s in a total of four interviews. It’s not that he flaunts it; he’s simply honest and naturally acknowledges it.
The lyrics of Iceage songs have the most sophisticated vocabulary I can remember finding in rock music. Here’s a favorite example, from “Pain Killer” on the new album:
Praying at the altar of your legs and feet
Your saliva is a drug so bittersweet
I’ll arrogate what’s there to take
In an evanescent embrace
…“Arrogate”??? I half know the word, but I had to look it up to be certain. It means “to claim or seize without justification.” It’s funny because its Latin root also underlies the word “arrogant,” which one might be tempted to apply to R?nnenfelt for the contempt he shows for people who try to understand him. But I sympathize. It is extremely annoying to be characterized by other people. And the shading of meaning of the word “arrogate” brings a subtlety to those lyrics of his that “take” or “seize” or “claim” wouldn’t. Frankly, though, what I really like about those lines is the concept of praying to his lover’s feet. That’s good. It makes me think of a similar instance in another poet, Charles Baudelaire, who wrote in his “Hymn to Beauty”:
Who cares if you come from paradise or hell,
appalling Beauty, artless and monstrous scourge,
if only your eyes, your smile or your foot reveal
the infinite I love and have never known?
2. Pain Killer
3. Under the sun
4. The day the music dies
5. Plead the fifth
6. Catch it
7. Thieves like us
8. Take it all
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