Icky Blossoms' credentials don't exactly scream darkness: Fackler directed Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn in the 2008 old folks romance Lovely, Still, while Pressnall appeared with Tilly on Sesame Street. But here they let their inner bad boy bummer rule: Synthetic grooves pulsate and flash as fractured guitars spew squid-ink clouds of tension and mystery. Bohling specializes in a petulant deadpan copped from the bad girls of post-punk and film noir; rapping in unison with Pressnall on the hyperbolically sleazy "Sex to the Devil," she's one stray footfall away from stumbling into utter ludicrousness, but maintains her swagger throughout. At the center there's "Babes," a female empowerment electro anthem so slinky you can hear the fishnet stockings in stiletto heels. Icky Blossoms is a blast of dry-ice cool on a sticky summer day.
LP / CD / MP3
LP / Deluxe LP / CD / MP3