Mittwoch, 2. Juli 2014

The Icypoles - My World Was Made For You




















The Icypoles sind Isobel Knowles, Kim White, Lani Sommer und Tara Shackell, die 2009 eine erste Cassette veröffentlichten ("Getting Ready") und dieser 2011 eine EP ("Promise To Stay") folgen ließen. "My World Was Made For You" ist das Debütalbum der vierköpfigen Mädchenband aus Melbourne. 

Das Album wurde von Haima Marriott (Architecture in Helsinki) produziert und führt in 13 Songs bzw. 33 Minuten durch Lo-fi-Twee-Pop für Freunde von Best Coast, 60er Jahre Girl-Pop im Geiste der Shangri-Las und mit "Just You" leicht düsteren Dreampop, den man sich auch gut in "Twin Peaks" vorstellen kann. Der Harmoniegesang weiß zu gefallen, die Arrangements (Bass, Gitarre, Schlagzeug) sind hingegen ein wenig puristisch ausgefallen. Gegen Ende versteckt sich auch noch eine charmante und kuriose Coverversion - von Martikas "Love... Thy Will Be Done"!



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.
(Contactmusic)


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.
(Paste Magazine)

1 Kommentare:

Dirk hat gesagt…

Leider ist die Coverversion der mit Abstand beste Song.

4,5 Punkte