Icy Demons - Miami Ice
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Icy Demons
Miami Ice

A truly odd amalgamation of pop music from the past thirty years or so, Icy Demons pull in everything from progressive rock, psychedelic, samba, electro, and post rock into their bizarre sound. Featuring musicians who play with Man Man, Need New Body, Sea And Cake, Tortoise, and others, it's the sort of strange concoction you might expect if you sprinkled an equal dose of all of the aforementioned together and then topped it all off with another slathering of synths.

With garish cover art that makes it look like it's going to be some sort of outsider art booty or crunk record, Miami Ice isn't quite as jokey as you'd think they would be, despite their varied sounds. "Buffalo Bill" drops multiple layers of warbling analogue synths over some polyrhythmic percussion to open things up, eventually morphing into a sing-along for the closing moments. Album-titled "Miami Ice" takes things into gritty synth pop territory, as more snaking synth lines mingle with a juicy bass line and loads of vibes. The song plays out in a somewhat traditional way, though, with a breathy vocal bridge that opens things up during the middle section and a chugging intro and closing section that tie everything together.

Meanwhile, "1850" sounds like it's straight out of Taking Tiger Mountain-era Brian Eno (and I mean that in a good way), as a completely odd rhythm moves the awkward (but surprisingly lush) song forward as sing-song vocals keep some semblance of normality. On the other side of things is "Jantar Mantar," which grooves heavily with the whole sort of Chicago vibe and plays out kind of like a Sea And Cake song with a fat dose of analogue synths.

It's the sort of release that has a fairly cohesive feel, but also greatly depends on where you dip into it. "Spywatchers" packs in some frenetic beats and juicier guitars into a brisk rock track, while the follower "Centurion" is an old-school electro jam with vocodored vocals, sunny synth bursts and completely programmed beats. As can probably be ascertained from the above, it's not the most consistent thing out there, but as a whole Miami Ice certainly has some fun moments. Unlike a lot of other releases, it doesn't take itself too seriously, and in the end just sounds like a bunch of friends jamming away and pumping out some odd pop in the process.

rating: 6.510
Aaron Coleman 2008-07-24 21:33:36