My World Was Made For You is a collection of thirteen taut tunes to take you through a lover's landscape of playful celebrations, pensive reflections and dreamy feelings.
With heart bedazzled on sleeve, The Icypoles revel in the fun and fertile relationship zone bookended by flirting and commitment: 'Staying Home' laments a smitten crushee's love-drunk inability to leave the house, whereas 'Settle Down' sobers things up somewhat and provides the pragmatic ultimatum, "Our lives together will have to wait for the right time". 'Babies' goes one step further, pondering the cycle of life, and may well be the most startlingly earnest thing to happen to pop music since The Shaggs hatched their Philosophy of the World. (...)
The Icypoles set raw sentiment to the most bare-boned of arrangements: clear, wistful female vocal harmonies give way to playfully crafted bass, guitar and percussion interplay, like if Phil Spector were stripped of his Wall of Sound and started producing Marine Girls 45s.
Opener “You Make Me” is a shy ode to infatuation that consists mostly of murmuring voices and the slight tug of a bass, while “Just You” sways subtly, evoking vintage girl groups with a faint, circular keyboard vamp and whispery call-and-response vocals. Things get a bit brighter on “Gotta Stop It” as guitar and bass wind around each other, and on the coy “Happy Birthday,” which pairs four-part harmonies with trebly reverb guitar. The harmonies, here and elsewhere, are at times charmingly inexact, lending a handmade feel to the songs that’s belied by how carefully constructed they are.
Things get a tad cloying on “Babies” as singer Isobel Knowles traces life from being a baby in search of her mother to telling a lover, “I want to have your baby.” The band is better on songs that are cute, not cutesy, like the bouncy “Tararara,” or the wistful “Stayin’ Home,” a moony tune that pines for an absent crush. It’s twee for sure, and in this case, that’s very much a compliment.